The ruinous scene in Palu, Central Sulawesi of Indonesia after the disasters (Source: Xinhua/VNA) 
 
Jakarta (VNA) – The International Monetary Fund (IMF)’s staff have raised a total of 2 billion Rupiah (around 131,000 USD) to assist survivors of earthquakes and subsequent tsunami in Indonesia’s Central Sulawesi province as well as quake-affected people in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara province.

IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said the IMF will directly transfer the money to the Indonesian Red Cross and other non-governmental organisations such as the World Central Kitchen and World Vision.

Finance and monetary institutions of Indonesia have also launched campaigns to raise funds in support of victims in the recent natural disasters. The Bank Indonesia – the country’s central bank – collected 500 million Rupiah for affected people.

BI Governor Perry Warjiyo said the sum will be used to repair five Islamic churches and two schools in Lombok which were severely damaged by quakes in August.

The Coordinating Ministry of Maritime Affairs also raised 500 million Rupiah for victims in Lombok. In addition, the ministry donated 241,000 sets of clothes for local primary students.

Central Sulawesi was ravaged by two devastating quakes measuring 6.1 and 7.5 on the Richter scale on September 28. The second was followed by giant tsunami waves on the afternoon of the same day, destroying thousands of houses and roads.

As of October 7 evening, the death toll climbed to 1,944, while more than 2,500 people are receiving treatment at hospitals and over 62,300 are forced to be evacuated.

Official sources said 683 remained missing and 152 others are believed to be still buried under ruins. 

A series of earthquakes in July and August also killed nearly 500 people on the holiday island of Lombok, hundreds of kilometres southwest of Sulawesi.

Indonesia is frequently struck by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis because of its location on the "Ring of Fire", an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin.-VNA