Devastating Disasters in Indonesia

[Content Note: Natural disasters; injury, death, and displacement.]

On Friday night, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, followed by an unexpected tsunami. The regional capital Palu and its surrounding areas were devastated, as soil liquefaction sunk entire communities into the earth.

Over 800 people are confirmed dead, though many more deaths are expected as emergency crews reach the most badly affected areas.

Cath Levett, Paul Scruton, Glenn Swann, and Lydia Smears at the Guardian have a full report, and the Guardian's ongoing live coverage is here.

There is still much anxiety as people with family and friends in the devastated areas wait to hear how their loved ones fared. Electricity is out widely and many roads are impassable, so the waiting feels endless at this point, for many people.

My profound sympathies to everyone on Sulawesi, and the people awaiting news.

Right now, it's still early in the rescue and relief efforts, so I'm waiting to hear what the emergency teams and survivors need, before I recommend ways to help. As and when you see suggestions, please feel welcome and encouraged to share them in comments.

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