Jakarta -The government limits international assistance for post-earthquake and tsunami disaster management in Palu, Donggala, and surrounding areas in only six types of assistance.
The six devices are air transport equipment for 2,000 meters runway, refugee tents, generator sets, water treatment plants, field hospitals, and medical personnel.
“International assistance must be selective. Can not like to give assistance,” National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) Head of the Information Data and Public Relations Center Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said at a press conference in Jakarta on Monday (1/10/2018).
He explained that the policy of receiving international assistance was decided by President Joko Widodo on Sunday (30/9) night. At present, the mechanism for aid distribution is reviewed by the BNPB and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Kemenlu) under the coordination of the Coordinating Ministry for Political, Legal and Security Affairs (Kemenko Polhukam).
“Remember, accept help, not ask for help,” said Sutopo.
At present, there are already ten countries offering assistance including Australia, China, Switzerland, Singapore and Morocco. The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs (Deputy Foreign Minister) of the Republic of Indonesia will soon meet with the ambassadors of the ten countries to explain the types of international assistance received by Indonesia.
“BNPB prepares a form, then the Ministry of Foreign Affairs distributes information, but specifically to friendly countries that have offered assistance,” he explained.
As known, an earthquake measuring 7.7 SR shook the region of Palu and Donggala, Central Sulawesi (Central Sulawesi) on Friday (28/9) at around 18.02 WITA. However, BMKG then updated the earthquake strength to 7.4 SR.
The earthquake was followed by a tsunami that hit Palu and its surroundings.
BNPB recorded the death toll per Monday (1/10) at 13.00 WIB reaching 844 people. The victims died in Palu, Donggala and Parigi Moutong.