Sky News is supporting the Disasters Emergency Committee’s (DEC’s) launch of an appeal to raise funds to help the survivors of the 7.4 magnitude earthquake and tsunami that struck Central Sulawesi Province, Indonesia, last Friday.
Over 1,300 people are confirmed dead and 200,000 people are in urgent need of clean water, food, medical care and shelter.
Homes have been destroyed and entire communities have been decimated after the earthquake and a tsunami with waves of over 400 miles per hour left a trail of destruction in its wake in one of the worst Indonesian disasters since the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami.
As rescuers struggle to reach outlying communities, authorities fear that casualties and the number of people displaced by the disaster will rise in the coming days. Up to 1.5 million people may have been affected.
DEC Chief Executive, Saleh Saeed, said: “DEC member charities and their local partners are working closely with the Indonesian authorities to get aid to those who urgently need it, as well as helping survivors to cope with the trauma of the last few days.
“As the full scale of the disaster unfolds, they are providing emergency relief and are ready to help devastated communities to rebuild their lives
“There is an urgent need for clean drinking water, food, medical care and shelter. Please give generously, let’s save the survivors.”
To make a donation to the DEC Indonesia Tsunami Appeal visit their website, call the 24-hour hotline on 0370 60 60 900, donate at any high street bank or post office. To donate £5 by text, send the word SKY to 70000.