Oxfam and partners assessing damage after earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia

A woman cries as people look at the damages after an earthquake and a tsunami hit Palu, on Sulawesi island on September 29, 2018.

Oxfam and its local partners in Indonesia are assessing damage after a massive earthquake and tsunami hit coastal towns in the country’s central island of Sulawesi on Friday.

The huge and shallow 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck the coastal town of Palu and Donggala in Central Sulawesi, with aftershocks continuing, and so far it’s been reported that more than 400 people have been killed.

Oxfam’s Country Director in Indonesia, Maria Lauranti, said: “Oxfam's partners in Palu have been working closely with the National Disaster Management Agency and local authorities in the affected area to assess the situation on the ground.”

Oxfam in Indonesia previously established a Humanitarian Knowledge Hub that consists of 16 community organisations in Indonesia, led by JEMARI Sakato. It includes two local organisations in Sulawesi.

Oxfam in Indonesia has been working to strengthen the capacity of this alliance as one of the local leaders in disaster risk management, and it responded to help people affected by the Lombok earthquake in July.

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