The 7.5 magnitude earthquake triggering up to 7 meters tsunami waves on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi on Friday 28 Septembers has left thousands dead, tens of thousands injured and possibly hundreds of thousands internally displaced needing urgent food and water supplies.
While Indonesia is experienced in managing natural disasters, international help is needed to provide immediate relief to the victims especially in remote areas cut off by broken roads, landslides, and crippled communication.
The Australian government has approved an immediate $5 million aid package and a number of aid organisations including Muslim Aid Australia emergency teams are already on the ground making assessments and providing immediate aid.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said it was appealing for 31 million dollars to help Indonesia cope with the disaster.
According to Save the Children organisation, at least 600,000 children have been affected by the quake, with many sleeping on the streets among ruins.
The Indonesian Ministry of Social Affairs has asked UNICEF to send social workers to support vulnerable children who are alone or became separated from their families living through horrific experience after the disaster.
The toll from the disaster is expected to soar as losses in remote areas remain unknown, while communications are down and bridges and roads have been destroyed or blocked by landslides.
More than 20 countries have offered help after Indonesian President Joko Widodo appealed for international help. However little of that has significantly reached the disaster zone as yet.
Much of the aid does seem to be sitting at the airport and not getting out fast enough to the areas that need immediate help.
A tentative deadline of Friday 5 October has been set up to find anyone still trapped under the rubble after which the chances of finding survivors from the disaster will be impossible.