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Sulawesi Earthquake and Tsunami

Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Sulawesi, Indonesia who were hit by a magnitude 7.5 earthquake and subsequent tsunami on Sept 28. Waves of up to 6 metres hammered the coastline, causing massive destruction.
It is now clear that Habitat’s response to the earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia will be significant. The team in Indonesia are on the ground as they continue to finalise our relief plan. What we do know is the need is great especially around immediate shelter, and your support is critical so that we can help families recover.
During emergencies, Habitat provide Emergency Shelter Kits, clean water and toilets, and tools to repair and rebuild homes.

  • Tragically, more than 2,400 people are confirmed dead, with 113 more missing.
  • Over 2,500 people have been severely injured
  • More than 70,000 people have been displaced, and over 1.5 million people have potentially been affected.
  • Thousands of houses, hospitals, shopping malls and hotels have been destroyed.


The damage assessment is so critical to understanding the type and scale of damage to people’s homes and communities. This information enables us to shape our response and know that it meets the most urgent needs of people without shelter.
With over 70,000 people still displaced, and the recovery only just beginning, we need your help to assist families back into shelter.  Habitat’s approach is always to partner with communities and work alongside them, but that can only happen with your continuing support.
Please donate to support this urgent response.
Interim damage assessments place it at 66,000 families who have had their home damaged or destroyed, and this number keeps rising every day. Habitat Indonesia have the skills and expertise to really help communities re-build their homes and their lives, but they need our support to do this.
Your donation will help us reach more affected families and assist in their recovery. Please give today and make a difference.
Download our response of the Central Sulawesi Response here.

(Photo credit: Tatan Syuflana/AP)


In the unlikely event funds raised exceed the need in Indonesia, Habitat will use your donation to assist other disaster response efforts.

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