Indonesia’s Frightful 2018

Widespread damage and scenes of devastation were once again splashed all over the news and social media as another Tsunami swept through Indonesia but not in Palu, in the Sunda Strait. 2018 has been a devastating year for those living in parts of Indonesia as locals experienced earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions that have destroyed their homes, separated their families and claimed the lives of many loved ones.

The most recent Tsunami came on the weekend – only a few days out from the anniversary of the 2004 Tsunami in Banda Aceh, Indonesia that claimed more than 200,000 lives in 2004 across 14 countries with Indonesia reporting the largest number of victims. For the people of Indonesia, 2018 was a frightful year. Here’s a breakdown:


A series of earthquakes rocked North and East Lombok followed by aftershocks that badly affected residents. Hundreds were killed and thousands were injured.


A 7.5 magnitude earthquake followed by an immediate Tsunami claimed the lives of more than 2,000 people and tore through the city of Palu and nearby areas on the island of Sulawesi.


Another tsunami strikes Indonesia but this time in Java and Sumatra, resulting in more than 300 deaths. The tsunami was likely caused by the volcanic eruption of the nearby Anak Krakatau volcano in Sunda Strait which triggered resulting in the Tsunami that’s affected thousands.

Penny Appeal were among the first to respond first in Lombok, then in Palu and now in the Sunda Strait. Our teams were on the ground every single time putting your donations to action and won’t stop now.

In response to the December 2018 Tsunami in Indonesia, Penny Appeal will be distributing emergency relief items such as clean water, food, hygiene, and household items to families who have lost their homes. With your support, our aim is to reach as many people affected as possible over the coming months whilst our work in the other regions affected by natural disasters continues.

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