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Rotary and Shelterbox Respond to Tsunami
By James Bolton
Published October 2, 2018
Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland
On Friday 28th September, a 7.5 magnitude
earthquake and tsunami with 6m-high waves devastated the Indonesian island of
Sulawesi. Over 1,200 have died, with the death toll expected to rise, and
thousands of homes have been turned to rubble.
ShelterBox is sending a Response Team to Indonesia to understand how they
might be able to help Sulawesi families who have lost everything.
Access to the affected area is severely restricted and the full extent of
the destruction and damage to homes is not yet fully understood.
ShelterBox is in contact with the Indonesian Government, the disaster
management organisations, and are in contact with Rotary in Indonesia to
This is tragically the latest in a series of earthquakes to hit Indonesia
Alf Evans, ShelterBox Head of Operations explained, “This is the fifth major
earthquake in about a month, but this one is more sinister.
“This one is a slide slip earthquake. Normally those sorts of earthquakes do
not trigger tsunamis, particularly when they’re on land as this one was.
“What people believe has happened is that it has caused a landslide under
the sea and that has caused a 10 foot (3 metre) tsunami to come into land and
unfortunately near Sulawesi there’s a bay that has focused that tsunami.”
A ShelterBox Team are currently on the Indonesian Island of Lombok, where
ShelterBox has been working for the last month helping families recover from
the 6.9 magnitude earthquake which hit in August and left 20,000 people
Teams have just finished distributing 665 shelters to families in that area.
ShelterBox has aid stored nearby in Malaysia and they are working with their
contacts to understand any importation restrictions, and how they might be able
to get it in.
As well as their team in Lombok, ShelterBox is also helping families recover
after super typhoon Mangkhut devastated homes in the Philippines, and in Kenya
where flooding has made thousands of families homeless.Request a Makeup Confirmation