On 22 December 2018, Indonesia was rocked by a three-metre tsunami on the coastline of West Java and Sumatra. More than 351,239 people were affected and 2,752 houses damaged.

The tsunami is believed to have been caused by underwater landslides triggered by a volcanic eruption at Anak Krakatau. It comes after two other disasters had struck Indonesia that same year – including the Sulawesi earthquake and tsunami that killed over 2,100 people in September 2018.  

Wahana Visi (World Vision Indonesia) is working to prevent disease and keep vulnerable families and children safe. This includes:

  • helping families and communities set up emergency evacuation plans
  • distributing food and providing clean water
  • providing shelter and hygiene items including blankets, soap and tarpaulins
  • working with local health workers to halt the spread of disease
  • setting up safe spaces where children can play, learn and receive specialist support 

Previous emergencies in Indonesia

In 2018, Indonesia was struck by three disasters within six months. 

29 July 2018: A 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck just off the coast of Lombok Island. This was followed by a 7-magnitude earthquake on 5 August, two further quakes on 19 August and more than 700 aftershocks.      

28 September 2018: A 7.4 magnitude earthquake and tsunami hit Palu, Donggala and Mamuju in Central Sulawesi Province, and an estimated 2.4 million people were affected. This resulted in a major appeal for funds to help survivors.  

World Vision Indonesia was an early responder on both these emergencies.

 

Indonesia emergency FAQs

It’s estimated that 351,239 people were affected by the Sunda Strait tsunami. This includes 40,386 people who were displaced.  

Indonesia National Agency for Disaster Management estimates that more than 3 million people have been affected by the recent disasters in Indonesia.  

World Vision has been working in Indonesia since the 1960s and has local staff and long-standing programs in the region.  

World Vision Indonesia is working closely with local partners to respond to the damage and provide emergency aid. This assistance includes:  

  • distributing food and providing clean water and emergency toilets
  • providing shelter and hygiene items including blankets, soap and tarpaulins
  • working with local health workers to halt the spread of disease
  • setting up safe spaces where children can play, learn and receive specialist support

The aim is to reach 15,000 people with a planned nine-month response period.

Donations over $2 may be tax deductible depending on your own personal tax position.

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 Help save and recover lives of those impacted by disasters such as Indonesia

We need your help now to provide food, clean water, shelter, safe spaces and other essentials for survivors of disasters.   Indonesia National Agency for Disaster Management estimates that 3 million people have been affected by the recent disasters in Indonesia alone. When you donate, your support can help survivors of emergencies like this to recover and rebuild their lives.