Indonesia experiences earthquakes almost every day but the extent of what happened to Palu is unimaginable.
THE QUAKE AND TSUNAMI
The quake began just a short distance offshore of Palu on Friday which caused the tsunami that would flatten mosques, building, and homes.
So far, 1,000 people have died and many more are still unaccounted for
As heartbreaking as it is, this could have been avoided and those lives could have been saved:
"After the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami killed a quarter of a million people, huge amounts of money were spent on an early warning system.
A complex system of sensors were installed across the region. These are meant to help scientists quickly assess whether a quake is likely to trigger a tsunami, and alert the public to move to higher ground.
The head of Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency has said that a key part of the country's warning system - a series of buoys connected to seafloor sensors designed to detect tsunamis - had not been working since 2012. He blamed a lack of funding." - BBC
Palu is the capital of the province of Central Sulawesi (25/09/18)
Roads are filled with people fleeing due to fear of aftershocks, search efforts are largely being done by hand, as the heavy equipment required to move the rubble has not yet reached affected areas while mass burials have started due to disease becoming a major concern.
There are now: food shortages with locals struggling to fend for themselves, looting has been reported with heavy police presence in Central Palu. Residents siphoning fuel from cars and motorbikes because of shortages. While relief efforts are only just starting.
Being half Indonesian, the country is close to my heart. After watching the news and sitting helplessly I feel a donations page is the least we can do.
The target is set to £2000 but in all honesty, anything is everything right now. I have coordinated with my dear friend Hannah Al Rashid , an actress/activist based in Indonesia. Hannah has collaborated with Yayasan Aksi Cepat Tanggap , a credible Indonesian humanitarian foundation. Please visit her own fundraising page here.
All the funds that have been raised with this page will go directly to Yayasan Aksi Cepat Tanggap and their efforts to help the people of Palu and Donggala.
Please help the people of Palu and Donggala, we can help save lives.
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