ZOA starts emergency aid in Indonesia

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.2 on the Richter scale displaced at least 15,000 inhabitants on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. Hundreds of people were injured and at least 34 people were killed. ZOA’s partner, the Indonesian Salvation Army, is on site with a medical outreach team and provides emergency assistance.

The epicenter of the earthquake was six kilometers northeast of the city of Majene, at a depth of 10 kilometers. The earthquake occurred on the night from Thursday to Friday, around 2:30 A.M local time. Thousands of people fled their homes in the middle of the night. Many people could not get out on time and are trapped under collapsed buildings. Search and rescue teams do whatever is in their power to reach the people buried under the rubble.

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In the nearby Mamuju region, it is estimated that nearly half of the buildings collapsed as a result of the earthquake, most of the people in Mamuju are now displaced. To make things worse, the local hospital in the city of Mamuju has collapsed. Rescue teams are looking for patients and hospital staff trapped beneath the hospital’s rubble.

The cities of Majene and Mamuju are located about 200 kilometers south of Palu, where a major earthquake and tsunami killed more than 4,300 people in 2018. ZOA and its partners were able to set up emergency relief programs to help thousands of victims of this disaster. Now, ZOA’s partner, the Indonesian Salvation Army, is on site in Mamuja with a medical outreach team and has begun to provide medical assistance and address other needs.

Click here to read more about our programme in Indonesia.