Indonesia – Central Sulawesi Earthquake and Tsunami


An earthquake with magnitude of 7.4 struck Central Sulawesi Province, Indonesia on 28 September 2018. The quake triggered a tsunami with waves up to six metres high in Dongala, Palu and Mamuju.

This event devastatingly claimed the lives of over 2,000 people and more than 1,000 people are sadly still missing. More than 2 million people have been affected, including an estimated 460,000 children across four districts. 84,000 children are internally displaced and many of those remain in evacuation centres in need of urgent support. Risks to already vulnerable children are increasing, with data showing high percentages of children living in poverty:

As sanitary conditions have drastically deteriorated since the disaster many survivors particularly children, pregnant mothers and the elderly are at risk of communicable diseases,

- Dr. Rachmat Willy Sitompul, Health and Nutrition Specialist, Wahana Visi Indonesia

See our six months on video to see more about the situation and how we have been responding:



You can give to our Indonesia Tsunami Appeal to support children and families in their recovery from this devastating disaster.

Join us in prayer

  • for those affected by the crisis, still searching for missing family and friends
  • for those who are in need of even the most basic supplies and protection. There is a desperate need for shelter, food and water.
  • Almighty Father, we ask for Your mercy for those affected by the earthquake. Protect people. Guide aid workers and emergency responders in the hard-hit areas and as relief measures continue.


Awan, 6, Indonesia

Our partner staff were on the ground immediately ready to distribute food, tarpaulins and blankets to those affected. See how your support has been helping six months on, in our infographic.

Child Friendly Spaces

Six months after the disaster, World Vision's partner, Wahana Visi Indonesia, set up 24 Child Friendly Spaces in different locations that enable children to cope with the distress of witnessing the destruction caused by the earthquake and tsunami. It is a safe space where children can continue learning, playing and just being children. Trained facilitators at the centre are also sensitising children about disasters by sharing information on how to protect themselves from a natural disaster and how to prepare for future disasters. As of February, 5,825 children had visited in our Child Friendly Spaces.

The joy of children while playing together in the Child Friendly Space (CFS)..

The joy of children while playing together in the Child Friendly Space (CFS).."Happy, I have a lot of friends here," Zulfikar said while playing in the Child Friendly Space.

Trained facilitators at the centre are also talking with children about disasters by sharing information on how to protect themselves from natural disasters and how to prepare for any future disasters.

Disaster relief

Through the disaster response, Wahana Visi Indonesia has provided:

  • 67,950 people with shelter / non-food items
  • 39,098 people with family packs and shelter kits
  • 335,700 litres of water
  • the distribution of 5,548 school kits with 601 children benefiting from temporary classrooms
  • More than 5,000 children with access to Child Friendly Spaces.

Next steps

With generous funding from the UK public, we are aiming to support 8,000 people (over the next 18 months) with food security, water, sanitation and hygiene, livelihoods, shelter and disaster risk reduction.

With Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) funding from the UK public Wahana Visi will aim to do the following during the 12-month recovery to rehabilitation phase:

  • Construction of temporary individual shelters and latrines for 100 families
  • Distribution of cash vouchers to 100 households to replace damaged fishing equipment, in order to restore their livelihoods
  • Strengthen community capacity for disaster risk management at both household and community level.

Future plans

We are committed to providing ongoing support and assistance to these communities to support their recovery for the next eighteen months until September 2020, and then beyond this as long-term development programmes resume.

The monsoon season poses further risks. The soil condition is prone to landslides and loose mud. Boreholes have been damaged and are no longer operational, and in tsunami affected areas water sources have been contaminated. Rubbish is also piling up and can cause serious hygiene issues in the affected area. Wahana Visi Indonesia and UNICEF are conducting a clean and healthy life campaign in each evacuation camp.



Wahana Visi Indonesia has been working in Indonesia since 1998, covering 60 districts in 14 provinces It was already responding to an earthquake in August that killed more than 400 people in Lombok. Wahana Visi strives to bring sustainable changes to 2 million of the most vulnerable girls and boys in Indonesia through prioritising six types of intervention: health; quality education; child protection; social accountability and action on pro-child policies and regulations; economic development and resilience; and emergency response strengthening. We work closely with the government from national to village level and empower local partners to ensure the sustainability of the programmes.


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