Devastation in Indonesia and How You Can Help


Bella Trimmer, Staff Writer

On Friday, September 28th, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Indonesia and subsequently triggered a massive tsunami. Massive waves stretching up to 20 feet high have razed large sections of the city of Palu. Though it continues to climb as residents are searching the wreckage, the official death toll, as of October 2, rose to 1234, after 34 bodies (mostly children) were discovered in a demolished church hall. More than 6,000 federal workers are participating in the search for the dead, but it is strenuous work.

To make matters worse for the grieving city, supplies of food and water are dwindling. On Tuesday, hundreds waited in line in the blazing heat in hopes of obtaining small amounts of fuel. Money has all but lost every ounce of value it had the day before; all normal services have ceased to operate. People are struggling to survive in the wake of this disaster; so far, 48 people have been arrested for theft since the tsunami’s waves receded. According to CNN, “Five days after the first tsunami waves crashed into Palu, bodies remain unburied on the sides of roads. In a public cemetery on the city’s outskirts, workers are digging a mass grave the size of a soccer field to bury as many as quickly as possible.” Unfortunately, not all bodies are able to be identified before they’re laid to rest.

Nowadays, the loud, in-your-face news never seems to end. It always seems like there is some horrific tragedy occurring every single day. You might be tired of hearing about such terrible things, and though the people of Indonesia may be halfway around the globe, they need your help. Sending money is usually the most efficient way to help after a disaster like this. The Mercy Corps, who have been working in Indonesia for 20 years, has been in Indonesia responding to an earthquake that occurred in August. They are currently sending teams to help survivors who need immediate assistance and to help rebuild the cities affected. The The Indonesian Red Cross is providing relief to those areas that were hit the hardest. While it does take some research, even the smallest of donations could make the world of a difference to someone who’s suffering.