Friday, 10 Safar 1440 / 19 October 2018

Friday, 10 Safar 1440 / 19 October 2018

Foreign assistance to Central Sulawesi reaches Rp220 billion

Rabu 10 Oct 2018 16:36 WIB

Rep: Andrian Saputra, Puti Almas/ Red: Reiny Dwinanda

Earthquake victims in Sirenja, Palu, Central Sulawesi, receive assistance dropped from a helicopter, Sunday (October 7).

Earthquake victims in Sirenja, Palu, Central Sulawesi, receive assistance dropped from a helicopter, Sunday (October 7).

Foto: Antara/Abriawan Abhe
A number of friendly countries give assistance to Central Sulawesi disaster victims.

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA -- House of Representatives (DPR) appreciated a number of friendly countries which have distributed aid to people affected by earthquake and tsunami in Central Sulawesi. Based on National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) data, until Oct 6, foreign assistance for victims of disaster that has reached Rp220 billion.

In addition, a number of friendly countries mobilized aircraft, tents, field hospitals, and also provide drinking water. House of Representatives Commission I chairman Abdul Kharis Almasyhari was thankful for the assistance.

“"Friends will be seen if we are slumped and get into a disaster and Indonesia has friends from all over the world to reach out to help people in Central Sulawesi, many thanks to all friendly countries,” Kharis said in a written statement received by Republika.co.id, on Tuesday (Oct 9).

Kharis supported Indonesian Military (TNI) commander Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto plan to conduct a tight escort to vehicles carrying international aid logistics for the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Central Sulawesi. According to him, all humanitarian assistance for Palu and Donggala was under the coordination of BNPB and TNI.

Also read: Central Sulawesi disaster death toll rises to 2,002

Kharis asked TNI to control and monitor the assistance for people in Central Sulawesi. He said humanitarian assistance have to be controlled in order to prevent unwanted events.

"It aims to keep things that are not desirable for the sovereignty of state, as well as to ensure what was carried out and done is right on target,” Kharis said.

Meanwhile, National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) chief Willem Rampangilei said the search of earthquake, tsunami and liquifaction victims in Central Sulawesi to be stopped on Thursday (Oct 11). The search has been done for seven days as mandated by the agency regulation.

"We have extended the search period and after 14 days it will be difficult to identify dead victims," he said in a press conference in Jakarta on Monday.

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