THREE weeks on from the devastating earthquakes, liquefaction and aftershocks which struck Indonesia’s Central Sulawesi region, The Salvation Army’s disaster response continues. With a strong presence in the badly-hit city of Palu, local Salvation Army teams were able to react immediately, in spite of incurring personal loss. Provision of basic food, water and shelter is being enhanced by the delivery of healthcare services for those physically hurt during the quakes and for individuals presenting with mental health challenges brought on by the terrifying events of late September.
PROVISION of medical facilities is a key focus in the early stages of The Salvation Army’s disaster response in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, in the aftermath of the devastating earthquakes and tsunami. At the time of writing, 1,193 people are confirmed dead, and thousands have been injured, with the figures expected to rise. A priority is to repair The Salvation Army’s quake-damaged Woodward Hospital in Palu and to restore full functionality – including operating theatres – as soon as possible. Currently, patients are being cared for in the open and under makeshift tents.
WIDESPREAD power and communications failures are hampering relief efforts in Donggala and Palu, Indonesia, following a 7.7-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.
More than a quarter of a million Filipinos have been adversely affected by Typhoon Ompong (also known as Typhoon Mangkhut), one of the strongest South China Sea storms for many years. Northern parts of the Philippines have been most severely hit, with flooding causing devastation in Northern Luzon, Bataan and Zambales. The Salvation Army was ready to respond before the typhoon hit, and a full emergency response began immediately as needs became apparent.
RECOVERY, medical and support work is continuing in Lombok, Indonesia, following the damaging earthquake which struck on 29 July and subsequent tremors. Following detailed assessments of needs and complex logistics planning, The Salvation Army has been focusing on assisting families and individuals in seven villages.