Unicef raised concern on Monday (01/10) over the fate of thousands of children affected by last week's earthquake and tsunami in Central Sulawesi. (Antara Photo/BNPB)

Unicef Raises Concern Over Fate of Thousands of Children Affected by C. Sulawesi Quake, Tsunami


OCTOBER 03, 2018

Jakarta. The United Nations children's agency raised concern on Monday (01/10) over the fate of thousands of children affected by last week earthquake and tsunami in Central Sulawesi.

In a statement received by the Jakarta Globe, Unicef said the children's situation "remains extremely precarious in the days ahead," adding that they need urgent help to recover from the disasters they have been through.


The death toll from the twin disasters rose to 1,234 on Tuesday, along with 799 injured, 99 people missing and 61,867 left homeless.

According to Unicef, initial an assessment showed that some of the immediate needs include evacuation and management of the injured, water and sanitation, and emergency shelter, in line with the needs laid out by the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB).

"More than 1,000 schools are feared to be impacted, having a direct impact on around 19 percent of the students in Central Sulawesi," the UN agency said.

It emphasized the importance of providing immediate services for identification and referral of separated and unaccompanied children, prevention of family separation, establishing psychosocial support and catering to the children's education need "to return children to normalcy."

Unicef has made a public call for donations and said it needs $5 million to meet most immediate needs of those affected by the twin disasters, as well as the lasting impact of the Lombok earthquake.