4 October 2018
Indonesia Emergency Appeal launched
The Methodist Church in Britain and All We Can, the Methodist relief and development charity, have launched an urgent appeal for the people of Indonesia.
On Friday 28 September, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck just off the central island of Sulawesi in Indonesia, setting off a tsunami that engulfed the city of Palu.
Waves more than three metres high swept across the land destroying almost everything in their wake. At least 1,300 are already confirmed dead, though the true impact of this disaster may not be known for weeks with many neighbouring towns and villages cut off by landslides and debris.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have lost so much; those who have been bereaved, those who have been injured and those searching in fear and dismay for their loved ones."
At least 42,000 people are displaced and more than 1.5 million have been affected.
All We Can is already working with a trusted partner in Sulawesi to get help to those who need it most while assessing the most crucial needs going forward.
The earthquake and tsunami have left buildings in ruins in the city of Palu.
NOTES FOR EDITORS
1. All We Can is an international development and emergency relief organisation that supports local people in some of the world’s poorest communities to find effective solutions to poverty and injustice. Focusing on those in greatest need, it has always been inspired by Christian principles and is an integral part of the Methodist family.
2. All We Can is the operating name of The Methodist Relief and Development Fund, registered charity number 291691.
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4. All We Can’s name should always be used in full and not abbreviated.
5. All We Can will receive all funds for the Indonesia Emergency Appeal and will be responsible for overseeing the implementation and monitoring of the humanitarian response.
About the Methodist Church
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