Central Sulawesi was hit by an earthquake and tsunami on September 28th, 2018. While Indonesia is known to be hit by major earthquakes, this disaster is different: the death toll currently stands at almost 2,000 with more than 5,000 suspected to be missing, and it is on track to be the worst disaster earthquake-tsunami since the 2004 Indian Ocean disaster.
More concerningly, the earthquake hit less than two months after the Lombok earthquake, which killed 500+ people and displaced the other hundred thousand.
While I have never started these kinds of fundraising previously, the scale and the proximity of both earthquakes left me in shock. What is worse, some of the deaths could have been prevented if the early warning systems, which have been broken and stolen for years, worked.
This fundraising serves to help non-Indonesians who have little idea how to donate to the victims (i.e. not knowing which organisation is reliable). All the funds will be channelled to Aksi Cepat Tanggap Indonesia (https://act.id/
), a leading Indonesian-based humanitarian relief organisation established since 2005.