Following the earthquake, tsunami, and resulting liquefaction and landslides in Central Sulawesi, 2,087 people are known to have died and a further 211,000 people have been displaced as of 6 November 2018,as per the latest report from BNPB. The earthquake affected the west coast of Donggala, the tsunami affected the bay of Palu,and the coastline of Palu City and Sigi district were affected by liquefaction. WFP is supporting Government of Indonesia and ASEAN efforts through the provision of a set of tailored logistics services as a streamlined effort to enhance coordination and operational capacity among the humanitarian actors active in Indonesia, and enhance the effectiveness of the overall response.
Logistics Gaps and Bottlenecks
Access constraints remain the most significant impediments faced by the humanitarian community in reaching vulnerable communities with life-saving relief supplies in Central Sulawesi.
In particular, WFP, together with the partnering organisations, has identified the following gaps: - Lack of logistics coordination and availability of information in terms of logistics infrastructure and provision of services. - Storage capacity in Palu to serve as a transhipment hub forthe affected districts of Donggala, Palu and Sigi. - Limited trucking capacity for transportation of relief items. - Transport capacity in Palu is limited and access to several areas, in particular Sigi district, is hindered by landslides and road damage.
Based on the gaps and needs identified, WFP aims to support the Government of Indonesia, who is leading the response,on a national and local level and provide access to sufficient and reliable logistics services, coordination and consolidated information related to logistics capacities on behalf of the humanitarian community. These activities will ensure a timely and uninterrupted supply of life-saving relief items to affected populations in Sulawesi and enhance the capacity of the Government of Indonesia and the humanitarian community in the delivery of relief items to challenging locations.
WFP fills logistics gaps faced by the humanitarian community in responding to the Sulawesi earthquake and tsunami through a range of different support services and activities.The following range of activities and services are not intended to replace the logistics capacities of individual agencies or organisations, but rather to fill identified gaps by facilitating the provision of common services.