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Indonesia Provides Humanitarian Aid To Vanuatu

The Indonesian Government had also sent a 14-member humanitarian mission from the Coordinating Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Foreign Affairs Ministry, and the National Disaster Mitigation Agency.
24 May 2023 08:31
Indonesia Provides Humanitarian Aid To Vanuatu

The Indonesian Government has provided humanitarian aid worth Rp7.6 billion to the Government of Vanuatu after the island country was hit by a 6.5 magnitude earthquake, a Category 4 and a Category 5 tropical cyclone earlier this year.

Many communities in Vanuatu experienced major flooding and later faced difficulties in accessing clean water for drinking, cooking and washing.

According to the Indonesian Government, the relief consisted of food, clean water, medical supplies, tents and agricultural tools worth Rp7.6 billion. In addition, the Indonesian Government provided Rp10 billion cash assistance for the repair of the VVIP room at the Port Villa Airport which was damaged by the two tropical cyclones.

The Indonesian Government had also sent a 14-member humanitarian mission from the Coordinating Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Foreign Affairs Ministry, and the National Disaster Mitigation Agency.

The aid was delivered on a My Indo Airline B737-800 cargo aircraft which departed from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport and landed at Vanuatu’s Bauerfield International Airport. Another plane was used for the Indonesian delegation.

Indonesian humanitarian mission at the Bauerfield International Airport in Vanuatu.

“This is not the first time that the Indonesian Government had provided humanitarian assistance to other countries that were affected by a natural disaster. We had also previously provided aid to Pakistan, Turkey and Syria,” said Head of National Disaster Mitigation Agency Lieutenant General Suharyanto.

The Prime Minister of Vanuatu Alatoi Ishmael Kalsakau Ma’aukoro and Vanuatu Foreign Affairs Minister Jotham Napat welcomed the Indonesian delegation.

The humanitarian mission will work closely with the local authorities and international organization to ensure that the aid is distributed fairly and efficiently.

According to a report by BNN Network, Indonesia’s commitment to providing aid to Vanuatu shows that it has strong ties in the Pacific and will continue to promote and support regional cooperation.

Indonesia’s support to Vanuatu also highlights the importance of international solidarity and a testament to the country’s leadership in building a safer and more resilient world.

 

By: Monica Aguilar

  • Monica Aguilar is a lawyer by profession and a former journalist.


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