Helping victims of earthquakes and tsunamis

Sulawesi - earthquakes, tsunami and liquefaction

2018 was a year of disasters in Indonesia; earthquakes, tsunami and liquefaction in Sulawesi and also earthquakes in Lombok. BEATS has teamed up with YSI to provide initial disaster relief and support to assist communities to become self sufficient once more. YSI is also providing disaster preparedness training for communities in high risk areas. See our Other Areas Page for information on disaster relief provided to help the victims of the Lombok earthquakes.

YSI in Sulawesi

On 28 September 2018, a shallow, large earthquake struck in the neck of the Minahasa Peninsula, Indonesia, with its epicentre located in the mountainous Donggala Regency, Central Sulawesi. The magnitude 7.5 quake was located 77 km (48 mi) away from the provincial capital Palu; it was preceded by a sequence of foreshocks, the largest of which was a magnitude 6.1 tremor that occurred earlier that day. A localised tsunami, its height reaching an estimated 4 to 7 metres (13 to 23 ft), struck the settlements of Palu, Donggala and Mamuju. The combined effects of the earthquake and tsunami led to the deaths of over 2,000 people and more than double that figure seriously injured. The earthquake also caused major soil liquefaction in areas in and around Palu. In two locations this led to mudflows in which many buildings became submerged causing hundreds of deaths with many more missing. The liquefaction was considered to be the largest in the world and was deemed as a rare occurence. (Source: Wikipedia). See the above video showing the tsunami and liquefaction.

Sulawesi earthquake and tsunami help, Phase 1

BEATS found reliable partners (an Indonesian registered charity, called YSI) to help the victims in Sulawesi. Their team distributed aid to 341 households in three villages, see the video (right). The villages are called Wisolo, Jono and Baluase, south of the centre of Palu. The initial help provided food, hygiene kits, similar to those supplied to Lombok (see below), trauma healing for children and hygiene training.


Ibu Frida from Wisolo (photo right) said "I really need these things,Thank you!"

Some of the supplies being made ready for distribution can be seen in the photo. (far right)

Sign first... then get your supplies - Pak Sekdes from Wisolo signs for his supplies. (photo left)

Sulawesi earthquake and tsunami help, Phase 2

YSI have now formed the villagers into many animal husbandry groups, plus other groups who have planted crops or farmed fish. Each villager can only join one group, and each group received animals, once shelters were made ready. YSI are monitoring the groups' preparations, and have supplied materials and organic food supplements with money from BEATS as appropriate. Seedlings and other supplies have been provided for groups growing crops and fish farming.

The Baluase villagers have also been supplied with baby chicks (see photo left) to help them become self sufficient, and the children have all been given a book called "Who cares for me?", which tells the story of Jacob, Abraham's grandson (photo right).

Sulawesi earthquake and tsunami help, Phase 3

The third stage is to help the villagers start a legally recognised co-operative; this was agreed on 19th July at the meeting shown in the accompanying photographs. The formation of a co-operative will benefit the members in a number of ways:

1. It will enable them to sell their produce direct to markets, cutting out middlemen and thus giving them a better profit.

2. The co-operative will be able to offer micro loans to villagers, enabling them to start businesses which will benefit the whole community.

3. The co-operative will be able buy seed and other items in bulk at better prices, and this also means that the villagers will not have to borrow money from moneylenders at exorbitant rates to acquire these commodities.

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YSI in Banda Aceh

BEATS is partnering with YSI to help schools in the Banda Aceh area, who experienced the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, prepare emergency evacuation plans and train staff and pupils so that they know what to do in the event of an earthquake and/or tsunami. More funds are required to complete this vital work, please use the Donate Now button to help save lives in the future.

The 2004 Boxing day tsunami claimed over 170,000 lives in Sumatra, Indonesia. Many of these were in Banda Aceh because this was one of the first places the tsunami came ashore. The wave was 90 feet high, travelling at high speed, and reached land only 20-25 minutes after the earthquake. (For more information and pictures, see the video "The story of BEATS charity" on our Home Page, and the Aceh section on our YACAN Page.)

YSI have completed a training session at an elementary School in Banda Aceh. The school is only 300 metres from the sea, and 50 metres from a floodway .

YSI gave the staff disaster preparedness training, explaining what is likely to happen in an emergency and all the potential problems.

The staff then planned how to evacuate the school and get the children to a safe area, what supplies they would need to have ready and who was to carry out each task.

The following day they taught the children and carried out a practise evacuation.

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