Indonesia Prepares Humanitarian Aid for Pakistan Flash Flood Victims
25 September 2022 09:30 WIB
TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Indonesian government has prepared humanitarian aid for Pakistan to support the acceleration of efforts to mitigate the recent flash floods in the South Asian country, which have claimed more than 1,000 lives.
According to a statement received on Saturday, head of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), Lieutenant General Suharyanto, reviewed the quality and quantity of the prepared assistance to ensure it is adequate and in accordance with the needs of the victims.
He carried out the review with the deputy for emergency mitigation at BNPB, Major General Fajar Setyawan, as well as head of the General and Human Resources Bureau at BNPB, Eny Supartini, at the agency’s warehouse here on Friday (September 23, 2022).
He asked all parties involved in distributing the aid to continuously pay attention to the condition of the goods to maintain their quality.
The provision of the assistance is based on a directive from President Joko Widodo (Jokowi).
According to Setyawan, BNPB has been preparing the assistance since September 16.
As of Friday, 50 percent of the total aid prepared had been relocated from the BNPB’s warehouse to a transit warehouse at Halim Perdanakusuma Airport, Jakarta.
The BNPB’s deputy for emergency mitigation informed that the relocation and repackaging process of the aid was targeted to be completed on Sunday (September 25).
President Widodo is scheduled to officially dispatch the assistance on Monday (September 26) from Halim Perdanakusuma Airport. An aircraft belonging to Indonesian flag carrier Garuda Indonesia will deliver the humanitarian aid to Pakistan.
The assistance readied by BNPB includes refugee tents, saltwater battery-powered lanterns, mats, mattresses, blankets, children's clothes, adult clothes, sleeping bags, mosquito nets, COVID-19 antigen test equipment, cleaning equipment, as well as a 2-kilovolt ampere (kVA) generator.
Additional aid has been donated by ministries, agencies, non-governmental organizations, state-owned enterprises (SOEs), as well as the private sector.
"All parties have worked hand-in-hand to ease the burden on the people in Pakistan," Setyawan added.
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