On 28 September 2018, a series of strong earthquakes struck Central Sulawesi Province, Indonesia, including a 7.4 magnitude earthquake, 10 km deep, with an epicenter close to the provincial capital, Palu. This earthquake triggered tsunami, with waves reaching a maximum height of three meters. The combination of the earthquake, tsunami, liquefaction and landslides caused significant damage and loss of life across the affected areas of Palu, Donggala, Sigi, and Parimo districts.
Significant gains have been made since Wahana Visi Indonesia (WVI) launched its emergency response in September 2018. The organisation has catered to the life-saving needs of affected communities across 116 villages in four districts. Throughout the six-month period, the response has reached 30,654 households or 100,551 distinct beneficiaries, 38,519 of whom are children.
With the shift to the recovery phase, which will continue until September 2020, there will be an ongoing focus on the sectors of shelter and livelihoods, with the inclusion of Education in Emergency (EiE) integrated with water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH), health and nutrition sectors. The use of multi-purpose cash transfers as a dominant modality (where appropriate) for the delivery of aid will be mainstreamed across Response activities. Disaster Risk Reduction will also be mainstreamed across sectors to ensure that people are able to build back better and are prepared for possible emergencies in the future.
The geographical focus will be narrowed to 10 villages from the districts of Palu, Sigi and Donggala, targeting 5,000 households or about 20,000 people. WVI will continue to work with the government, partners and other stakeholders throughout the response.