WIDESPREAD power and communications failures are hampering relief efforts in Donggala and Palu, Indonesia, following a 7.5-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami which caused massive damage across Central Sulawesi. Thousands of homes in the region have been destroyed or severely damaged, leaving many people homeless and sheltering under tarpaulins. The Salvation Army has a substantial presence in the region, including schools and hospitals, but has also sustained serious damage to several of its properties.

The Salvation Army’s Indonesia Emergency Services Team has been activated by Territorial Headquarters in Bandung, and a major disaster response in Central Sulawesi is being planned. Chief Secretary Lieut-Colonel Yusak Tampai, second-in-command of The Salvation Army in Indonesia, has arrived in Palu to help local teams make a detailed needs assessment and assist in coordinating The Salvation Army’s response. A significant aspect of this will be to provide pastoral and emotional support to victims and their families. The emergency response team has only just stood down from an earthquake response in Lombok.

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