On September 28, 2018, a 7.4 magnitude earthquake occurred in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia with aftershocks continuing to be felt for days, including one with 6.0 magnitude. The earthquake triggered a tsunami which struck Talise beach in Palu City. There were also significant landslides and liquefaction, causing damage to infrastructure and restricted access to affected areas.
Over 1.5 million people were affected by this event with almost 2,000 fatalities, over 10,000 injuries and 835 missing people. More than 74,000 were evacuated and were being housed in evacuation camps.
1,900+ PEOPLE KILLED
74,000 PEOPLE DISPLACED
65,000 HOUSES DAMAGED
GlobalMedic’s Rapid Response Team was deployed to distributed urgently needed aid. In order to address the need for clean water following the disaster, GlobalMedic deployed 8 AquaResponse3 and 2 AquaResponse10 Water Purification Systems which provide safe drinking water for thousands of people each day. RRT members operated these units and then with basic training they were transferred to local partner organizations who continued to operate them and provide access to clean drinking water.
GlobalMedic also deployed 990 Family Emergency Kits which were distributed in Palu, Indonesia. Each kit contained enough Procter & Gamble Purifier of Water Sachets to purify 2,400 litres of water, hygiene items, a whistle and a Lucky Iron Fish. Additionally, 4,200 Imerys Household Gravity Filtration Units were distributed to provide access to safe, clean drinking water.
The GlobalMedic Emergency Food Program was initiated in Yogyakarta to pack emergency meals to support the affected population in Palu. A specific dish, Nasi Teri, was designed with the consultation of local Indonesians to ensure the emergency meals were culturally appropriate. All the ingredients and equipment were sourced in Yogyakarta and the emergency meals were packed by volunteers. In total more than 23,700 bags of emergency food. Each bag contains six meals and GlobalMedic was able to distribute over 142,200 emergency meals in Palu.