After a 7.5 magnitude earthquake and tsunami struck Central Sulawesi in the Republic of Indonesia on September 28, the United States responded to help.
"All of the U.S. Embassy staff across Indonesia express our condolences to the families and communities affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Central Sulawesi. I have reached out to Foreign Minister Marsudi to convey our condolences and to offer our assistance. Indonesia is an important partner, and we stand ready to work together to provide support to those in need," U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia Joseph R. Donovan, Jr., said.
On October 5, the United States announced an additional $3.6 million in humanitarian assistance to help people affected by the earthquake and tsunami. This funding brings the total U.S. humanitarian assistance for this response to $3.7 million.
In coordination with the Government of #Indonesia, the United States is sending $3.7 million in humanitarian aid through @USAID and @PacificCommand to those affected by the earthquake and tsunami in #Sulawesi. https://t.co/OuSqMpP0Hu— Department of State (@StateDept) October 7, 2018
As part of the response, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is airlifting 2,210 rolls of heavy-duty plastic sheeting from its emergency warehouses in Dubai and Malaysia, enough to provide for the emergency shelter needs of 110,500 people.
A team of disaster experts from USAID is on the ground in Indonesia to conduct damage - assessments and coordinate the U.S. humanitarian response with local authorities, the Government of Indonesia, and humanitarian organizations. USAID partners are already distributing emergency shelter kits, blankets, hygiene kits, solar-powered lamps, and other critical relief supplies, as well as finding safe spaces to help children cope with the disaster. USAID has also requested the unique capabilities of the Indo-Pacific Command of the U.S. Department of Defense, which has deployed three C-130 Hercules transport aircraft to support USAID's efforts to deliver aid to people in need.
The United States stands with the people of Indonesia during this challenging time, and will continue to provide assistance to help those affected by this devastating disaster.
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