Al-Khair Foundation has set up an emergency appeal for victims of the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia. Over 834 people have been confirmed dead with numbers expected to rise. At least 1,000 have been injured and thousands are feared missing.
The International charity with seven offices here in the UK including in Birmingham, is on the ground responding to the devastating aftermath from waves up to 3m sweeping through Palu on Sulawesi Island. Al-Khair is providing survivors with vital emergency aid including food, water, medical supplies and temporary shelter.
The devastating tsunami was triggered by a 7.5 magnitude earthquake which hit the Indonesian city on Friday. Strong aftershocks rocked the city on Saturday. Thousands of homes have collapsed, along with hospitals, hotels and a shopping centre. The main road to Palu has been blocked due to a landslide, and a key bridge is out of action.
“Many bodies were found along the shoreline because of the tsunami, but the numbers are still unknown,” Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for the agency, told Reuters. “When the threat arose yesterday, people were still doing their activities on the beach and did not immediately run and they became victims,” he told a news briefing. “The tsunami didn’t come by itself – it dragged cars, logs, houses – it hit everything on land.”
Regional Manager for the Al-Khair Foundation, Imran Musa said, “Our emergency Teams on the ground will continue providing essential aid to the victims of the Earthquake around the clock. We will do all what we can to support this cause”.
Mr Zubair Valimulla for the foundation added, “Thousands are dead and many more feared lost or engulfed in this Tsunami. This is a catastrophic humanitarian crisis and we all collectively need to show our support for this cause”.
Al-Khair Foundation’s emergency appeal asks for donations of £50 towards food and water, £75 towards medical supplies and hygiene kits and £100 towards temporary shelter.
To donate today, please visit www.alkhair.org or 03000 999 786