Samaritan's Purse Responding, Please Pray for Survivors After Indonesia Earthquake and Tsunami

October 6, 2018 • Indonesia
Sept. 30: People search through debris in a residential area following an earthquake and tsunami in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia.
People search through debris in a residential area following an earthquake and tsunami in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. (Sept. 30)

Samaritan’s Purse is on the ground and partnering with local churches to help hurting people after a devastating earthquake and tsunami hit the island of Sulawesi.

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More than 1,400 people died when an earthquake and ensuing tsunami hit the Indonesian island of Sulawesi on Sept. 28. The 7.5-magnitude temblor triggered waves up to 20 feet high.

Samaritan’s Purse will be partnering with local churches to serve the needs of those in hard-hit areas.

“I was in Indonesia after the 2004 tsunami, so I know what survivors are going through. The next few days are critical, and we are doing all we can to rush help to those who need it most,” said Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan’s Purse. “We will be partnering with local churches in the affected areas. Pray that they will be strong witnesses for the Gospel in the midst of this great tragedy.”

The death count may still rise, as many people are missing and reported to be trapped in collapsed buildings. Estimates put the total number of people affected at more than 2 million.

Our teams report 129 camps for internally displaced people throughout the affected areas; reports indicate nearly 200,000 people are in urgent need of assistance; families are desperate for food and water. More than 65,000 people have lost their homes, and hundreds are injured. Bridges have been destroyed, roads are blocked, and telecommunications are down. Mass graves are being dug to avoid the spread of disease.

Samaritan’s Purse has already been meeting critical needs in Indonesia, as we responded to the August earthquakes in Lombok by providing emergency food, water, and shelter through local partners.

Please pray for those suffering in Indonesia. Pray that, during this tragedy, God’s love will be shown in action to families in desperate need.

This story was posted on Sept. 30 and was updated on Oct. 1-6.

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Sept. 30: People search through debris in a residential area following an earthquake and tsunami in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia.
Indonesia-Earthquake and Tsunami Relief A 7.5-magnitude earthquake and ensuing tsunami struck the Indonesian island of Sulawesi on Sept. 28. More than 1,400 people have perished with hundreds more seriously injured. More than 65,000 people are displaced and in need of basic necessities. The city of Palu, with more than 300,000 residents, has been devastated. Samaritan's Purse is responding by sending emergency non-food items, including tarps. We will also address clean water and sanitation needs, as well as medical care.

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