The City of London Corporation has given £30,000 to Save the Children’s Indonesia Tsunami Appeal – and is now encouraging donations from Square Mile firms and individuals.
On 22 December a deadly tsunami struck the coastal towns of Sundra Strait following an eruption of the Anak Krakatau volcano. The disaster came just weeks after an earthquake and subsequent tsunami decimated communities in October.
Over 420 people lost their lives and more than 1,000 were injured in the latest crisis. Tragically, these numbers are likely to increase as rescue efforts continue. Over 880 homes have been destroyed, leaving some 16,000 people displaced.
Donations to Save the Children UK will support the charity’s staff on the ground setting up an urgent response, distributing temporary shelter, providing families with essential hygiene, and offering psychological support to children to overcome the distressing experience.
The donation comes from the City Corporation’s Disaster Relief Fund, bringing its total donations in the last two years to £170,000.
Jeremy Mayhew, chairman of City of London Corporation’s finance committee, said: “These tsunamis are devastating for Indonesia.
“So many people have lost their lives, communities have been torn apart, and livelihoods have been destroyed.
“We are strongly encouraging City firms to support this appeal.”
In the past, the authority has given £25,000 towards the We Love Manchester Appeal following the devastating terror attack in the city, £40,000 to the Disasters Emergency Committee’s 2018 Indonesia Tsunami Appeal, and £75,000 in total to emergency appeals in Burma, South Asia and for those affected by Hurricane Irma.