More than 1,300 have died and it is reported that over 50,000 people are homeless. ShelterBox is deploying the Response Team to help people made homeless by this disaster. Access to the affected area is severely restricted and the full scale of the destruction and damage to homes is not yet fully understood. Fortunately, ShelterBox already has response teams working on the Indonesian Island of Lombok. Their teams have been in Lombok for the last month helping families recover from the 6.9 magnitude earthquake which hit in August and left 20,000 people homeless.
Shelter Box is in contact with the Indonesian government, partner disaster management organizations and Rotary colleagues in Indonesia to understand how they might be able to help Sulawesi families made homeless by the disaster.