Indonesia earthquake: How you can help

These are the Australian NGOs and humanitarian agencies helping those affected by the tragedy in Sulawesi.

Indonesian authorities are expecting the death toll to climb into the thousands as a result of an earthquake that struck Sulawesi island in Indonesia on Friday. 

The 7.5 magnitude quake also triggered a tsunami that ripped apart the coastline of the city of Palu. 

The death toll currently stands at more than 800 people, as emergency services continue to search for survivors. Rescuers are struggling to access some remote communities and are working with limited equipment.

Details of how to donate to Australian NGOs and non-profit organisations who plan to send emergency response teams to Indonesia are below. 

Rescuers try to free a 15-year-old earthquake survivor from the flooded ruins of a collapsed house in Palu.
Source: EPA / AAP

  • World Vision 

World Vision's local relief team has begun assessing emergency needs and has some relief supplies pre-positioned in the affected region.

Donate online.

  • Australian Red Cross

Red Cross provides humanitarian support to people and communities in need.

Red Cross teams have been on the scene since the earthquake hit. They are supporting search and rescue efforts, transporting the deceased, helping the survivors with first aid and medical treatment, and handing out plastic sheeting for shelter and sleeping mats so people have somewhere dry to sleep. Red Cross disaster management experts are now focussing on Palu, Sigi and Donggala, treating injuries and illness.

Donate online.

  • Save the Children

Save the Children is one of Australia's largest aid and development agencies dedicated to helping children. Save the Children is on the ground responding with emergency assistance to the millions of vulnerable children who will be affected by the disaster.

Donate online.

  • UNICEF Australia

UNICEF is the United Nations children's organisation working in some of the toughest places in the world.

The organisation will prepare supplies for families, especially for those in vulnerable communities. UNICEF is already preparing to help reunite children with their families, feed the youngest and most vulnerable, provide clean water and comfort traumatised children.

Donate online.

  • CARE Australia

CARE Australia is dedicated to ending poverty and achieving social justice. The charity focuses on women and girls, fighting for equal rights and opportunities.

Donate online.

  • Oxfam Australia

Oxfam is preparing to provide a team on the ground helping the most vulnerable people access clean drinking water, portable toilets, sanitation facilities and other essential supplies.

Donate online.

  • Plan Australia

Plan International Australia works alongside children and young people to address the causes of injustices facing girls and the most marginalised children. The organisation provides disaster relief to survivors and assists in ensuring communities are prepared for disasters in the future.

Donations will go towards rations packs, hygiene kits, emergency shelter, school kits and blankets.

Donate online.

Published 1 October 2018 at 12:55pm, updated 2 October 2018 at 3:06pm
Source: SBS News