01 Oct -
28 Feb 2019
On 28 September, a series of strong earthquakes struck central Sulawesi province, the strongest a 7.4 M earthquake only 10km deep and with its epicentre close to the provincial capital, Palu. The earthquake triggered a tsunami whose waves reached up to three metres in some areas, striking Talise beach in Palu and Donggala. The earthquakes, tsunami and resultant liquefaction and landslides caused significant damage and loss of life in affected areas. At least 2,100 were killed, more than 2,500 seriously injured and more than 68,000 houses we’re severely damaged or destroyed, leaving some 211,000 people without adequate shelter.
Team Rubicon deployed a small team to conduct Needs Assessments, Drone Operations, and Water Purification. Of note, the team mapped an area equivalent size of 1400 football pitches of the most devastated areas, Identified 2,223 destroyed homes and gathered Information for the Indonesian Board for Disaster Management. Team Rubicon also deployed 6 water purification units and 15 Lifestraw units to the most affected areas – providing over 186,750 Litres of purified water, and setup 11 WASH training locations to train 40 locals.