Muslim Charities Race to Help Indonesia Earthquake Survivors

Aid agencies have lined up to provide help to survivors of a powerful earthquake and tsunami that struck the Indonesian island of Sulawesi.

More than 830 people were killed on Friday when a 7.7-magnitude earthquake jolted the island along with a three meters high tsunami.

In a statement, Islamic Relief USA called for donations to survivors of the Indonesia earthquake, the world’s most populous Islamic country.

“Islamic Relief Indonesia is on the ground providing vital humanitarian aid. Your generous donations will support these efforts,” it said.

Helping Hand for Relief And Development, an international aid organization, also raised a fundraising call  to help survivors.

According to the organization, the immediate needs include medical supplies , food, water, blankets, and tarps.


Malaysia and Australia have also offered help.

“If he [Indonesian President Joko Widodo] needs our help, he’ll have it,” Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Sunday.

Over the last two months three more earthquakes with magnitudes 6.3, 6.9, and 7 hit the eastern island of Lombok, killing a total of 563 people.

Ring of Fire

Indonesia is prone to quakes and tsunamis because the country lies within the Pacific Ocean’s “Ring of Fire” where tectonic plates collide and cause frequent seismic and volcanic activity.

On Dec. 26, 2004, a magnitude 9.1 earthquake struck the eastern coast of Sumatra, triggering a tsunami that killed around 230,000 people as it tore along the coasts of Sri Lanka, India, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand.

The following Muslim organizations are working on the ground in the affected areas joining other relief organizations in rescue efforts and aid distribution.

Donate now and help them accomplish their mission!

Islamic Relief Indonesia  

Muslim Hands

Muslim Aid