RedR engineers have been on the ground to assist with the earthquake recovery operation in central Sulawesi, Indonesia.
A devastating earthquake with a magnitude-7.5 temblor rocked central Sulawesi in Indonesia at the end of September, killing over 1,400 people and leaving 2,550 seriously injured and 113 people still missing.
More than 70,000 people have also been displaced from their homes.
The earthquake caused significant damage to the area’s infrastructure, with access to water, electricity and telecommunications cut off for thousands of people.
One RedR member on the ground in Palu, the central Sulawesi capital, said the area has “no electricity, no fuel in the city and three or four areas which are completely destroyed”.
RedR UK currently has three team members in Palu and a fourth member of the team in Djarkata.
Their emergency assessment of the situation has identified “an urgent need for training in shelter, water, sanitation and hygene (WaSH), essentials of humanitarian practice and security to support the emergency humanitarian response.”
Also on the ground are the Indonesian military, which is bringing bottled water, food and clothes to survivors in makeshift camps scattered across the disaster zone.
RedR UK chief executive Martin McCann said the earthquake which was followed by a tsunami had devastated communities.
He said: “The earthquake and tsunami has had a devastating impact on the lives and homes of local people in Indonesia. RedR is well placed to respond to this emergency with national staff already on the ground and with the engineering expertise needed to meet the urgent Shelter and WaSH needs of affected communities. Our ability to respond to this disaster is directly related to the support that we get from the UK engineering community.”
RedR is an international non-governmental organisation whose stated mission is to “rebuild lives in times of disaster by training, supporting and providing aid workers to relief programmes across the world” you can donate to the relief fund for Indonesia here.