On December 22, 2018, a tsunami caused by an underwater landslide on the Anak Krakatau volcano hit the coast of the Sunda Strait, affecting 5 districts in Banten and Lampung provinces of Indonesia. Following the intial eruption there was still a risk of further volcanic activity which had the potential to cause additional earthquakes and tsunamis.
Over 1,000 homes were damaged, 9,000 people sustained major injuries and almost 27,000 people were displaced. As of January 7, 2019, there had been 437 confirmed fatalities and 10 people remained missing. Clean drinking water was established to be a primary need for those affected by the tsunami.
MORE THAN 400 PEOPLE KILLED
27,000 PEOPLE DISPLACED
1,000 HOUSES DAMAGED
Our Rapid Response Team was deployed immediately to Palembang to respond to the tsunami. The RRT brought with them five large-scale water purification systems in order to re-establish access to clean drinking water at the community level.
The RRT worked with local partners to quickly create access points for clean drinking water, providing more than 3,600 people with vital assistance. After conducting training with our partners, the water purification systems were handed over for continued use to support nearly 500 households residing in temporary shelters.