Tsunami update: World Vision response

World Vision staff concerns increase about the growing number of children unaccompanied following the disaster humanitarian work mobilises in challenging conditions:

• Drinking water, food (including baby food), tents, tarpaulins, medicine, generators, gasoline and body bags for those who died in the disaster are urgently needed in the affected area.

• World Vision partner organisation Wahana Visi Indonesia has deployed a team for search, asset protection and staff care. It is also deploying a team to support the assessment for response project.

• WVI has established an Infant and Young Child Feeding kitchen at its Palu office. The organisation will soon distribute the tarpaulins and blankets to the affected community.

• Australians are invited to donate to World Vision Australia’s Indonesia Earthquake and Tsunami Appeal

Quotes attributable:

• Graham Strong, World Vision Australia chief field impact officer:
“As with all these sorts of catastrophic events, the children are the most vulnerable in the weeks and days immediately afterward. World Vision is working around the clock to help get support to children who may have been separated from their parents or whose parents have perished in the tsunami. We don’t yet know how many there are. But we are hearing reports that there may be a significant numbers. WV Australia has 1,650 children in the impacted area supported by Australian World Vision supporters. We are working hard to make contact with each of these families, but it’s a long process because communication and transport structures are so badly damaged.”

• Doseba Senay, Wahana Visi, Indonesia national director "The number of causalities is increasing each day. We are deeply concerned about the impact of people affected, especially children who are showing signs of distress and are terrified of the aftershocks. With the loss of loves ones and homes being destroyed they are struggling to cope. As we work towards restoring dignity and renewing hope in the lives of the most vulnerable people, affected by the Tsunami and earthquake iqn Central Sulawesi, who have lost everything, we appeal to the partnership and donors to support us in providing the much-needed life-saving aid assistance".

For more information or for interview requests, contact:

Ruth Lamperd (News Editor), 0417 765 947, ruth.lamperd@worldvision.com.au
or Angus Smith (Media Officer), 0409 571 059, angus.smith@worldvision.com.au

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