TANTRUM – The government sent assistance to Vanuatu which included a number of logistics items and equipment worth IDR 7.6 billion. In addition to in-kind support, the Government of Indonesia also provided support in the form of cash funds worth IDR 10 billion for the repair of the VVIP room at Port Villa Airport which was damaged by the disaster.
A number of relief items were flown to Vanuatu by Garuda Indonesia aircraft type Boeing 737-800 with flight number GA 7380 and My Indo Airlines No.2Y-729. The assistance for the Republic of Vanuatu was provided in the context of accelerating handling and recovery following the tropical cyclone Judy and Kevin and the M 6.5 earthquake that occurred last March.
The disaster caused residents to flee, damaged infrastructure networks, polluted water sources, damaged the agricultural sector, disrupted telephone and internet connectivity networks.
Head of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), Lt. Gen. TNI Suharyanto said the humanitarian aid for the country of Vanuatu was flown by two charter planes.
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He said that in addition to assistance in the form of logistics and equipment, the Government of Indonesia also sent a special assessment team from the Ministry of PUPR, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, BIN and BPKP as many as 14 people.
All types of assistance, including the delegation for Vanuatu, will be brought using two charter planes, namely Garuda Indonesia and My Indo Airlines cargo plane.
“Using two planes together. One cargo plane is purely carrying goods, then another plane is carrying the Indonesian delegation,” said Suharyanto.
Suharyanto said the provision of humanitarian assistance to other countries affected by this disaster was not the first time Indonesia had done this. Previously, the Government of Indonesia had also done the same thing to Pakistan and Turkey as well as Syria.
The humanitarian assistance from the Government of Indonesia to Vanuatu had previously been carried out, namely in March 2015, after the island nation in the Pacific Ocean was hit by tropical cyclone Pam.
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Furthermore, Suharyanto explained that the flight carrying the humanitarian mission would take routes starting from Jakarta, Kupang, Brisbane and was expected to arrive in Vanuatu at around 10.00 local time.
Suharyanto said that upon arrival in Vanuatu, the entourage of the Coordinating Minister for PMK, Head of BNPB, Chair of Commission VIII DPR RI and other delegations would be received by the Prime Minister of Vanuatu who was accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Vanuatu.
“It will be received by the Prime Minister of Vanuatu and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Vanuatu,” said Suharyanto.
At the moment of handing over the aid in Vanuatu, the team then inspected the Port Vila airport VVIP building which was damaged due to the disaster. The review was carried out for an initial assessment of the building repair plan which will be assisted by the Government of Indonesia through the Ministry of PUPR.
“The team from the PUPR Ministry will see the condition of the VIP airport in Port Vila, because it was damaged due to the disaster earlier,” said Suharyanto.