Project HOPE Monitors Impact of Powerful Tsunami in Indonesia
Project HOPE is monitoring the impact of a tsunami that swept through Palu, the capital of central Sulawesi province in Indonesia, and other coastal cities. We have an emergency response team on standby to deploy if we are needed and our team in Indonesia is in contact with officials and partners on the ground to monitor needs that emerge from the disaster.
The 10-foot high tsunami was triggered by powerful earthquakes on Friday. The strongest 7.5 magnitude quake was followed by several strong aftershocks. Indonesian officials say families were reported missing after waves swept away homes in at least two cities, causing widespread damage to infrastructure and communications systems.
Project HOPE has a long history of health programming in Indonesia. When Indonesia was devastated by the Indian Ocean Tsunami in late 2004, HOPE responded by sending more than 200 medical volunteers on a humanitarian mission to help in the aftermath and donating more than $7 million in medical supplies and medicines. Ongoing programming today focuses on improving maternal and child health.
About Project HOPE
Founded in 1958, Project HOPE is a leader in global health and humanitarian relief programs. An international nonprofit organization, we are committed to transforming lives and uplifting communities by empowering health care workers to teach and deliver innovative, lifesaving solutions, every day and in times of crisis. With programs in more than 26 countries, we work at the epicenter of today’s greatest health challenges including infectious and noncommunicable diseases; disasters and health crises; maternal, neonatal, and child health; and the policies that impact how health care is delivered.
To support Project HOPE’s work, please visit projecthope.org/indonesia.