The devastating Indonesian tsunami has claimed more than 400 lives — here's what you can do to help the victims

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  • A tsunami triggered by a volcanic eruption hit the two most-populous Indonesian islands of Java and Sumatra on December 22.
  • The waves killed more than 400 people and injured more than 1,400.
  • This one was thought to have occurred after the Anak Krakatau volcanic island erupted and partially collapsed into the sea, sending waves in the Sunda Strait – up to 10 feet – without warning.
  • Here are nine organisations that are helping assist people affected by the tsunami.

A tsunami triggered by a volcanic eruption hit the two most populous Indonesian islands of Java and Sumatra on December 22. The wave left over 400 dead and more than 1,400 injured.

The tsunami was the second to hit the country this year. This one was thought to have occurred after the Anak Krakatau volcanic island erupted and partially collapsed into the sea sending waves in the Sunda Strait – up to 10 feet – without warning.


Oxfam

Oxfam is raising money to support local partners with “critical aid, helping to provide clean water, build toilets, and distribute hygiene kits that include blankets and soap,” according to the organisation’s website. Oxfam was rated 3 out of 4 stars from the website Charity Navigator.

Source: The New York Times


Catholic Relief Services

Catholic Relief Services is working to bring disaster relief to those in West Java and Sumatra. They have a 4 out of 4 rating from Charity Navigator

Source: Fast Company


Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières)

Doctors Without Borders – which has a 4 out of 4 star rating from Charity Navigator – has three teams in the area. Two teams are supporting health centres in the Pandeglang district; a third team is mobile travelling to those who cannot make it to health centres.

Source: Fast Company


GlobalGiving

GlobalGiving has a fund set up for tsunami relief: short-term emergency relief in the form of food, water, and medicine, and long-term assistance with recovery. It has a four-star rating from Charity Navigator.

Source: Fast Company


American Jewish World Service

NURUL HIDAYAT/AFP/Getty ImagesThis aerial picture taken on December 23, 2018 by Bisnis Indonesia shows the Anak (Child) Krakatoa volcano erupting in the Sunda Straits off the coast of southern Sumatra and the western tip of Java. – The death toll from the December 22 volcano-triggered tsunami in Indonesia has risen to 281, with more than 1,000 people injured, the national disaster agency said on December 24, as the desperate search for survivors ramped up.

The American Jewish World Service (AJWS) has a four out of four star rating on Charity Navigator. AJWS has a Indonesia Disaster Relief Fund and the organisation works with local partners to both rebuild in the long-term and provide immediate emergency aid.

Source: Business Insider


Islamic Relief USA

Islamic Relief USA is on the ground assessing damage, and it’s raising funds for emergency relief. The organisation has a four star rating from Charity Navigator.

Source: The New York Times


International Medical Corps

International Medical Corps is working with local aid organisations on the ground to provide emergency relief; it has a three out of four star rating on Charity Navigator.

Source: The New York Times


The International Federation of Red Cross

The International Federation of Red Cross has sent over “relief goods from its regional warehouse in Banten including water, tarpaulins, cleaning equipment (shovels, mattocks (axes), etc.), family kits and hygiene kits,” according to its website.

Source: The New York Times and the IFRC


UNICEF

UNICEF is on the ground standing by to help the Indonesian government with the goal to help children and families. The organisation has a rating of three out of four stars.

Source: Fast Company

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