U.S. Provides Humanitarian Assistance for Those Affected by the Earthquake and Tsunami in Indonesia

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U.S. Provides Humanitarian Assistance for Those Affected by the Earthquake and Tsunami in Indonesia

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 in a statement following the earthquake.

On October 10, Secretary Pompeo spoke with Indonesia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi to convey his condolences and continued support to those in Indonesia affected by the earthquake and tsunami that struck Central Sulawesi.

On October 18, the United States Government announced that it will implement $3 million in new funding through the United States Agency for International Development’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) in support of relief efforts for the Central Sulawesi earthquake and tsunami response. This additional funding raises the total United States contribution to $6.7 million, not including the Department of Defense’s operational expenses.

"This is what we mean when we say we are Indonesia’s partner. We will continue to assist the Government of Indonesia in its relief efforts.”

-U.S. Ambassador Joseph R. Donovan Jr

As part of the response, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) airlifted 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.

Editor's Note: This entry was updated on October 25, to reflect additional U.S. foreign assistance and U.S. support in the aftermath of the earthquake.

For more information:

Information for U.S. Citizens in Indonesia

Statement by Ambassador Donovan Regarding the Earthquake in Sulawesi

Statement by USAID Spokesperson Clayton M. McCleskey

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