Indonesia Earthquake and Tsunami

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Through the generous support of Canadians, as well as corporate and government donations, over $915,000 was raised to support this operation.

The Disaster

Starting in late July, people on the island of Lombok had to endure five major earthquakes in the span of just one month. Thousands of aftershocks worsened the situation, forcing the people of Lombok to relive the trauma they suffered.

Approximately two months later, another earthquake triggered a powerful tsunami, striking the island of Sulawesi, taking the lives of over 2,000 people and displacing a hundred times more.

Just three months after that, the Anak Krakatau volcano in the Sunda Strait erupted violently, causing an underwater landslide and leading to yet another tsunami. There was no warning as the wall of water struck in the dark. Both the islands of Java and Sumatra were affected as hundreds of people perished and thousands more lost their homes.

Red Cross Response

The Red Cross responded immediately, with Indonesian Red Cross disaster teams conducting search and rescue, providing medical support, distributing relief goods, and comforting terrified survivors.

The Canadian Red Cross sent seven specialists to the multiple disaster zones, mainly in the areas of shelter and operations management. The work of the CRC focused on making sure families have a safe place to sleep by helping to plan and design emergency shelters and camps, and distribute tarpaulins, shelter toolkits, blankets and other items.


Today, the Red Cross continues to support the people of Lombok, Sulawesi, and both sides of the Sunda Strait.  

Red Cross support at a glance:

  • 108,000 people received health care, food, hygiene kits, mosquito nets and blankets in Sulawesi.
  • 13,300 people benefitted from health care services on the island of Lombok.
  • 9,700 people received psychosocial support after the Sunda Strait tsunami.
The Canadian Red Cross will continue to support the Indonesian Red Cross and affected communities as they work to recover from these disasters.


Donor Reports

Last updated
October 2019