10 brilliant films and TV shows we can’t WAIT for this Autumn
10 brilliant films and TV shows we can’t WAIT for this Autumn

Jennifer McShane

Alanis Morissette is distancing from new documentary that claims she was raped at 15
Alanis Morissette is distancing from new documentary that claims she was raped at 15

Holly O'Neill

Dulux have revealed their colour of the year for 2022, here’s how to use it in your home
Dulux have revealed their colour of the year for 2022, here’s how to use it...

Megan Burns

With unbroken sea views and an outdoor Jacuzzi, this architectural home in Kinsale is on the market for €2.35 million
With unbroken sea views and an outdoor Jacuzzi, this architectural home in Kinsale is on...

Lauren Heskin

Liane Moriarty has a new mystery book for your book club
Liane Moriarty has a new mystery book for your book club

Holly O'Neill

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle make Time 100 Most Influential People list
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle make Time 100 Most Influential People list

Holly O'Neill

Meet five Irish embroiderers doing amazing things with needle and thread
Meet five Irish embroiderers doing amazing things with needle and thread

Megan Burns

Saying you are a ‘stay-at-home-mum’ is the ultimate conversation stopper
Saying you are a ‘stay-at-home-mum’ is the ultimate conversation stopper

Amanda Cassidy

The Hygiene Bank’s Sorcha Killian on hygiene poverty and how it’s impacting Irish families every day
The Hygiene Bank’s Sorcha Killian on hygiene poverty and how it’s impacting Irish families every...

Shayna Sappington

Wildfire: ‘We knew we wanted to tell a story with fierce women at the heart of it’
Wildfire: ‘We knew we wanted to tell a story with fierce women at the heart...

Jennifer McShane

Image / Editorial

No food, 1,234 dead, and thousands missing: Indonesia needs our help


by Grace McGettigan
02nd Oct 2018
blank

On Friday, a magnitude 7.5 earthquake caused a 20-foot tsunami to strike the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia; sweeping away the people, cars and buildings in its path. This morning, the official death toll rose to 1,234, and it is expected to rise as the situation worsens.

A search is ongoing for the thousands of people believed to be buried beneath the rubble. As recently as this morning, the bodies of 34 students were discovered in a church, after it was engulfed by a mudslide last week. Worryingly, rescuers fear there are more people trapped in the remote areas of the country. The terrain is rural and mountainous; by the time they reach these people, it will likely be too late.

Mass burials have already begun in an effort to stave off disease caused by decomposing bodies. According to Al Jazeera, volunteers dug a 100-metre-long grave at Poboya, with instructions to prepare for 1,300 victims being laid to rest. Photographs of the corpses are being taken before they’re buried, so that family members can identify their loved ones at a later date.

Image via Google Maps

No food

As roads have been blocked by fallen buildings and trees (not to mention upheaved by the earthquake and its 170 aftershocks); trucks carrying food have been unable to reach many parts of the island. According to a report by the Guardian, signs along the roadside read, ‘We need food’ and ‘We need support’. Some people, who haven’t eaten in days, have been flocking to the airport in Palu in a desperate attempt to escape via military aeroplanes. Others have been intercepting government vehicles, begging for help.

Chaos

With supplies running out and desperation rising, people have begun looting any food they can find from surrounding shops. BBC reporter Jonathan Head, who is currently in Indonesia, said police officers fired tear gas at looters; before eventually stepping aside to give them access to food. “One officer wearily told me it was his responsibility to protect the shop – but what could he do when people needed so much?” What’s more, Indonesian authorities confirmed on Monday over 1,000 convicts escaped from three local jails. Resources and authorities are stretched too thin.

How to help & where to donate

A number of charities have already arrived in the affected area, but they need our support. If you would like to contribute to the rescue response in Sulawesi, see the links below:

  • Local Red Cross volunteers and staff are on the ground right now; supporting search and rescue efforts, as well as distributing vital aid. To donate to the Red Cross, click here.
  • World Vision staff are also on the ground in Indonesia and ready to distribute life-saving help and supplies. To donate, click here.
  • Oxfam Ireland and its local partners in Indonesia are seeking funds for their emergency response teams. Donate what you can by clicking here.
  • Doctors Without Borders has deployed a local team to Central Sulawesi; including medical, logistics, and water and sanitation specialists. To donate to their efforts, click here.

 

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Also Read

Mandy Moore pumping
EDITORIAL
Mandy Moore climbed an active volcano at dawn… while pumping

Hiking a mountain and breast pumping – now, that’s what we call multitasking at its finest. Mandy Moore enjoyed an...

By Sarah Finnan

Full House, onscreen father Danny Tanner
EDITORIAL
We’re remembering our favourite onscreen dads for Father’s Day

With Father’s Day just around the corner (this Sunday 20h June, so yes, you do have time to buy yours...

By Grace McGettigan

brain
EDITORIAL
8 easy ways to keep your brain healthy that you can do right now

Your brain health is just as important as that of the rest of your body, says psychologist and neuroscientist Dr...

By IMAGE

blank
EDITORIAL
‘We have not heeded the warnings sufficiently’: The health emergency we’ve ignored while focusing on the pandemic

The climate change debate has been going on for so long its become white noise. But this week, the effects...

By Amanda Cassidy

Keith-_-Tara_130_Web Shantanu Starick painting kitchen cabinets
EDITORIAL
How to limit drips and brush strokes while painting kitchen cabinets

Painting kitchen cabinets can be transformative and can be achieved relatively low-cost, but you need the right equipment, and a lot of...

By Amanda Kavanagh

blank
AGENDA, EDITORIAL
When speaking about ageing, we should follow Julianne Moore’s lead

Actress Julianne Moore is tired of all the cliched tropes about female ageing. The way we speak about it; the...

By Jennifer McShane

blank
EDITORIAL
Sarah Harding’s heartbroken mum announces the singer’s death aged just 39

Sarah Harding has died at the age of just 39, her heartbroken mother revealed today. The Girls Aloud star had...

By Amanda Cassidy