BANGKOK, 1 October 2018 – UNICEF Thailand today appealed to the Thai public for urgent donations to help children and families severely affected by the massive earthquake and subsequent tsunami that hit Indonesia’s Sulawesi island last Friday. Media is reporting that 832 children, men and women are dead. We fear that number might rise.
UNICEF is calling on our wealth of emergency response experience. We know from the tsunami of 2004 that killed nearly 226,000 across the Indian Ocean, including approximately 5,000 in Thailand, that tsunamis are a deadly force and the recovery efforts difficult. Rescue efforts are now under way and UNICEF is poised to respond.
Our experience tells us that in the first days following an earthquake and tsunami we must: Assess needs and determine the best and most effective way to respond; find shelter for the families from thousands of homes that have collapsed; reunite missing children with their families; ensure that families are provided safe drinking water.
“It is still too early to know the full extent of our response,” said Thomas Davin, UNICEF Thailand Representative, “But we are appealing to you for your help. With power out and roads blocked, there's no telling how many children might be at risk.”
In August, a series of deadly earthquakes struck the Indonesian island of Lombok, killing more than 500 people. We expect the humanitarian impact to be even more significant in Sulawesi.
UNICEF has been using our own resources to respond, but will require additional financial resources to enable the immediate mobilizing of supplies and in-country personnel to address urgent humanitarian needs in the worst affected areas.
To make a donation:
- SMS: Type 100 and send SMS to 4712225 to donate 100 Baht
- Online: https://help.unicef.org/thailand/helpindonesia
- Bank transfer: KBank Current Account, Banglumpoo Branch 008-1-09766-6 (please send deposit document and your information for tax receipt to fax: 02 356 9229 or email@example.com and state ‘for Indonesia’)
For more information on dotation: please contact: 02 3569299 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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