President Joko Widodo received a call from several leaders of countries in the world who expressed their condolences for the earthquake and tsunami disaster in Central Sulawesi as well as offering assistance when Indonesia needed it.
“I also said that we received foreign aid, and the assistance provided was adjusted to the needs in the field,” said President Jokowi at the Presidential Office in Jakarta, Tuesday (10/10/2018).
The meeting was attended by Vice President, Jusuf Kalla; Coordinating Minister for Politics, Law and Security, Wiranto; Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture, Puan Maharani; Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs, Luhut Binsar Panjaitan; Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Darmin Nasution; the ministers to the National Police Chief, Police General Tito Karnavian, TNI Commander, Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto and Head of the National SAR Agency, Young Marshal TNI M. Syaugi.
“I ask later that the Coordinating Minister will convey the existing needs because of the calls coming to us, asking what is needed,” said the President.
Some of the country’s leaders contacted President Jokowi, including the King of Saudi Arabia, Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud; Russian President Vladimir Putin; Singapore Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong and Singapore President, Halimah Yacob.
Then, the President of the United Arab Emirates, Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan; UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres; IMF Managing Director, Christine Lagarde and World Bank President, Jim Yong Kim; Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, to Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
President Jokowi also ordered his staff to register the needs that could be assisted by the outside government.
“Immediately, if possible today it will be delivered to them the needs we need in the field, especially the tents that I see are lacking. We also hope that logistics, today or tomorrow is already there, and of course medicine and other things that are needed so that we can decide today, so that we submit to countries that want to help, “said the President.
The president said that the offer of assistance showed Indonesia had many friends.
“The expression of condolence and the offer of assistance from friends is really encouraging for us, it also gives a strong message that we are not alone in facing these difficult times. Thank you,” said the President.
An earthquake measuring 7.4 on the Richter scale rocked Palu and Donggala, Central Sulawesi on Friday (28/9) afternoon. The earthquake caused at least 844 deaths. While the victims of severe injuries reached 632 people, missing 90 people and 48,025 people who were displaced and scattered in 103 points.
The Governor of Central Sulawesi, Longki Djanggola has implemented the disaster emergency response period in the province for 14 days, valid from 28 September to 11 October 2018. The affected areas include the city of Palu, Donggala district, Sigi district and Parigi Moutong district. (ant / bas)