WFP Indonesia Sulawesi Earthquake Situation Report #3 (18 October 2018)

Originally published


In Numbers

2,096 fatalities

79,000 people displaced

15,000 houses destroyed

USD 500 million in damage


  • WFP is supporting the Government of Indonesia’s relief response with logistics assistance. This includes 40 trucks and 10 mobile storage facilities for relief items.

  • WFP continues to assess the food security situation of people in the affected areas.

  • The air bridge from Balikpapan to Palu will remain operational until 23 October.

Situation Update

  • The earthquake and tsunami on 28 September, followed by liquefaction at several sites, has destroyed lives, homes, and livelihoods in Central Sulawesi. The Government of Indonesia is leading the relief effort with the support of the UN, the Red Cross, and a range of nongovernmental organizations. The State of Emergency is set to end on 25 October.

  • The UN Humanitarian Country Team’s Sulawesi Earthquake Response Plan requires USD 50.5 million to support 191,000 affected people, and is 23 percent funded.

  • Restored fuel supplies, electricity, running water, and the reopening of markets have brought back some normality in Palu city, and some people have returned to their homes. However, thousands of homes have been destroyed and the needs in the larger affected area are being assessed.

  • To assess the extent and details of displacement, the Ministry of Social Affairs, with help from UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and International Organisation for Migration (IOM), is collecting data using a Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM).