Sunda Strait tsunami is the latest in a series of Indonesian disasters in 2018
 Why we need your help.


The Indonesian Red Cross is providing emergency assistance and helping clean up after a series of tsunami waves struck Sunda Strait, which connects the Java Sea to the Indian Ocean at the tip of Sumatra and Java at 930 pm on 22 December. The powerful waves, with heights of 30 to 90 cm, caused deaths, injuries and extensive damage on both sides of the strait. One of the worst affected areas was in Banten province on Java, where the disaster struck the seaside area of Pandeglang during peak holiday season when it was crowded with tourists.


As of the 23 December, local time, the death toll was 168, with over 700 people injured and many people are missing. A total of 558 houses, 9 hotels, dozens of houses, cars and boats were heavily damaged. Causalities are expected to rise as assessments come in. 


On Sunday, Red Cross staff and volunteers are in action responding to people’s immediate needs, helping rescue survivors and recover bodies, and assessing the situation in coordination with government authorities.


The Red Cross has dispatched relief goods from its regional warehouse in Banten including water, tarpaulins, cleaning equipment (shovels, mattocks (axes), etc.), family kits and hygiene kits.


The Red Cross continues to respond and will provide further assistance based on the assessments currently under way.


This is the saddest possible end to such a difficult year for Indonesia, and we as a network stand shoulder to shoulder alongside the people of Indonesia and the Indonesian Red Cross.


Donations to the Irish Red Cross Indonesian Sunda Strait Tsunami Appeal can be made online or by calling the charity on 1850 50 70 70.