SUN / Tsunami

An earthquake measuring 7.4 on the Richter scale rocked the Indonesian island of Sulawesi on 26 December 2004, triggering a terrifying tsunami that reached 18 feet in height and left a trail of destruction in its wake. In some places, the ground turned to liquid mud, destroying whole villages.

Tens of thousands of homes were destroyed and entire communities decimated. At least 2,100 people were killed, 1,300 are still missing and 4,400 were seriously injured.

The disaster left 200,000 survivors in need of humanitarian assistance, around a quarter of whom were children. At the start of 2019, 133,000 people were still displaced, with many living in tents and reliant on aid.

SUN UK donated cash to Indonesian authorities to provide relief and helping survivors to cope with the trauma.