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Cornish disaster relief charity sends team to Indonesia

Cornish disaster relief charity sends team to Indonesia

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 4:38pm 1st October 2018. (Updated at 9:22am 2nd October 2018)

A Cornish disaster relief charity sends a response team to Indonesia as the death toll after an earthquake and tsunami rises.

ShelterBox crews will travel over in a bid to understand how they might be able to help families on Sulawesi who have lost everything.

Last Friday, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake and tsunami with 6m-high waves devastated the Indonesian island.

More than 1200 people are now known to have died and thousands of homes have been reduced to rubble.

Access to the affected area is severely restricted and the full extent of the destruction and damage to homes is not yet fully understood.

This is the latest in a series of earthquakes to hit Indonesia recently.

ShelterBox provides emergency shelter for families who have lost everything in natural disasters and conflict, offering essentials like tents, tools and tarpaulins for rebuilding damaged buildings, solar lights for when the power is down, and water filtration and mosquito nets to protect from disease.

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A ShelterBox team is also on the Indonesian Island of Lombok helping families recover from an earthquake in August

"We prioritise the most vulnerable families around the world who wouldn't otherwise receive the vital support they need.

"We are sending a team to Sulawesi to work with local organisations and our Rotary colleagues to understand more fully if and how we can help.

"We don't know at this stage what that might look like.

"We have a flexible range of aid that can be tailored to different situations and what families tell us they need.

"It could be tents, tarpaulins, or water filters or it could be solar lights and blankets. Things will become clearer in the coming days."

Chris Warham, Chief Executive of ShelterBox

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The team in Lombok is helping the 20,000 people who were left homeless

The charity also has a team on the Indonesian Island of Lombok who have been there for the last month helping families recover from the 6.9 magnitude earthquake which hit in August and left 20,000 people homeless.

ShelterBox Operations team, based in Truro, are in contact with the Indonesian government, local disaster management organisations, and Rotary colleagues in Indonesia.

The charity has aid stored nearby in Malaysia and are working with contacts to understand importation restrictions, and how they might be able to get it in to Indonesia and to the families who may need it.

As well as a team in Lombok, ShelterBox is also helping families recover after super typhoon Mangkhut devastated homes in the Philippines, and in Kenya where flooding has made thousands of families homeless.

The charity is also responding in Syria, Iraq, Lake Chad Basin and Somalia.

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