Coordinating Minister for Politics, Law and Security, Wiranto joined with Minister for Public Works and Public Housing Basuki Hadimuljono give a statement on Palu and Donggalang at the President Office - Photo by TheInsiderStories

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – As many as 18 countries offered assistance to Indonesia related to the tsunami disaster in Palu and Donggala, Central Sulawesi, said one senior official at the Presidential Office after the Earthquake and Tsunami Impact Management Limited Meeting in Palu and Donggala, on Monday (2/10).

Coordinating Minister for Politics, Law and Security, Wiranto said that the assistance offered was in the form of funds, medical services, water treatment, tents, field hospitals, officers and fogging equipment to neutralize the bodies of victims who were evacuated too late so as not to cause disease.

“Yesterday the president publicly opened up opportunities for assistance from friendly countries and last afternoon we had met the ambassadors who offered assistance and this morning there were many who entered,” he explained to the media.

He added, in the meeting with the donor countries, government has expressed that the main need was fast air transportation in the form of C130 aircraft, in accordance with the runway conditions of the SIS Al-Jufrie Airport whose conditions were 200 meters long were damaged.

The countries that declare their readiness to help include Japan, India, Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea, United States, Japan, Switzerland, Arabia, Australia, Turkey and Qatar. So far, he continued, around 10 aircraft are ready to help deal with the impact of the earthquake and tsunami in Palu and Donggala.

“The president had ordered assistance from a friend’s neagra. It was well managed and accounted for. These assistance will continue to roll out until the rehabilitation and reconstruction stage, “he said.

According to the report of the National Disaster Management Agency, to date there have been found 1,234 victims and according to Wiranto the number will continue to increase because there are still many areas that have not been evacuated.

He added, after listening to various reports from ministers and relevant agencies, the president stressed to immediately normalize the lives of the affected banks to feel safe and fulfilled and they did not need to evacuate to other areas.

In a limited meeting, President Joko Widodo stressed that there were five main priorities that would be the government’s focus in handling the impact of the Palu and Donggala disasters. The five priorities are related to the evacuation of victims, search and rescue of undiscovered victims, recovery of access, handling of refugees, availability of fuel oil and infrastructure improvements

“This morning I asked the head of Basarnas to be assisted by the TNI and POLRI assisted by the PUPR ministry to add more personnel, so that they could reach more to the affected areas. Go to Donggala, enter Sigi, Parigi and Moutong. ”

He also asked the Minister of Health to increase field hospitals and ensure the availability of medicines and medical personnel. And from the security aspect, he ordered the TNI / Polri to deploy personnel, maintain logistics distribution so that it actually arrived at the community.

Wiranto emphasized, in the context of normalizing the Palu and Donggala regions, the role of the Indonesian National Army and the Indonesian National Police is very important. A total of 3000 army personnel have been sent to the affected area to assist in security, including the medical team. Meanwhile, the National Police will gradually send 2,000 personnel to provide security to the community and help with disaster recovery.

At present, he said, the availability of electricity, food, drinks and temporary settlements is the main concern of the government.

“Starting today, the tent will be established and there will be many more later. Likewise we have sent food ingredients, both by sea and land transportation. Likewise, the availability of electricity has already improved two substations from the seven existing substations and if needed, the generator from Kupang with a power of 0.5 MW will be sent,” said Wiranto.