Four top UK humanitarian organizations are joining forces to launch a fundraising campaign for survivors of the Indonesia earthquake and tsunami.
The 7.5 magnitude earth tremor, which struck Central Sulawesi Province, Indonesia, last Friday, left around 1,500 people dead and at least 200,000 in urgent need of clean water, food, medicine and shelter.
More than 70,000 houses were damaged, leaving tens of thousands living in tents and shelters, with no clear idea when they will be able to begin rebuilding their homes.
Authorities fear that casualties and the number of people displaced by the disaster will rise in the coming days after the earthquake and a tsunami with waves travelling at over 400 miles per hour.
The Indonesia Tsunami Appeal, launched by the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), is being spearheaded by the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD), Christian Aid, Tearfund and World Vision - along with ten other member groups on DEC.
"DEC member charities and their local partners are working closely with the Indonesian authorities to get aid to those who urgently need it, as well as helping survivors to cope with the trauma of the last few days,” DEC Chief executive Saleh Saeed said.
“As the full scale of the disaster unfolds, they are providing emergency relief and are ready to help devastated communities to rebuild their lives,” Saeed added. “There is an urgent need for clean drinking water, food, medical care and shelter. Please give generously and let’s save the survivors.”Donating to the DEC Indonesia Tsunami Appeal is available [https://www.dec.org.uk/], or via the 24-hour hotline [0370 60 60 900]. To donate £5 text SUPPORT to 70000. Texts cost £5 and the whole £5 goes to the DEC INDONESIA TSUNAMI APPEAL.