Press Release

Quake-Tsunami Hits Indonesia World Vision Launches Relief Operation

A shallow earthquake of 7.5 magnitude hit Central Sulawesi province on 29 September, triggering a deadly tsunami and more than a hundred aftershocks. Over 2 million people have been affected, including 832 deaths, more than 500 injuries, and many missing. World Vision has already conducted rapid assessment in the affected areas, and is beginning to dispatch emergency relief items including tarpaulins, blankets and shelter kits to the affected households. World Vision Hong Kong has initially committed HK$390,000 to respond to the needs of the affected and now appeals to Hong Kong public to help the affected children and families. 

Many people are thought to be trapped by debris, as numerous houses have collapsed and roads are destroyed. Electricity and communication networks are cut off in Palu and Donggala, the worst-hit area. The aid response is being hampered by the devastation that has damaged airport infrastructure. Local authorities expect casualties to continue rising in the coming days, with death toll surpassing a thousand. World Vision’s assessment in the affected areas shows that the most needed items are food, clean water, shelters, as well as protection and psychosocial support for children. 

“Most people are building makeshift shelters in the hills away from the water because they are terrified of another tsunami. There continue to be aftershocks and people are in a state of panic,” says Radika Pinto, Sulawesi zonal manager of World Vision in Indonesia. World Vision calls on the Hong Kong public to support the affected urgently. 

Donation can be made via:

1.      Online donation: www.worldvision.org.hk

2.      Direct donation:

-     HSBC                         018-377077-003

-     Hang Seng Bank        286-364385-001

-     Bank of China            012-363-1-017494-9

3.      Crossed cheque: Made payable to ”WORLD VISION HONG KONG” 

Donors may send their cheques or bank-in slips, with personal details attached, to World Vision Hong Kong, Freepost No. 69. Please mark “Indonesia Earthquake & Tsunami Relief” on the envelope. Donations are tax-deductible with official receipts. 

For any enquiries, please contact our Donor Services Department on 2394 2394.

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