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German aid en route for Indonesia

Federal Agency for Technical Relief before departing for Indonesia

Federal Agency for Technical Relief before departing for Indonesia, © THW / Yann Walsdorf

06.10.2018 - Article

German aid for the victims of the severe tsunami in Indonesia is under way.

On Saturday (6 October), an aircraft with equipment provided by the Federal Agency for Technical Relief set off from Frankfurt/Hahn Airport for the region of Sulawesi. The Federal Foreign Office is funding this delivery of emergency aid.

Helping to restore the electricity supply and communication links

Forty urgently needed generators are being transported on the aeroplane to the people in the affected region. The generators can be used to supply electricity and to power communication facilities, which have been cut off in large parts of the stricken region. Also on board the aircraft are voluntary workers from the Federal Agency for Technical Relief, who will help the Indonesian authorities to install and operate the generators.

The extent of the disaster and of the need for further aid is only gradually becoming apparent.

Staff from the Federal Agency for Technical Relief before departing for Indonesia
Staff from the Federal Agency for Technical Relief before departing for Indonesia© THW / Yann Walsdorf

Following the devastating earthquake and the tsunami on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, people are in great need. Many regions remain cut off from the outside world. As a result, the extent of the disaster is only gradually becoming apparent. According to the latest figures, the tsunami claimed the lives of over 1650 people, while 66,000 homes and many roads and bridges have been destroyed.

International aid for Indonesia is arriving

The Indonesian Government has declared a state of emergency and requested international aid. Support is being coordinated by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Jakarta. The United Nations’ Central Emergency Response Fund has provided 15 million dollars for aid measures. Germany is currently the largest donor to this fund. The Federal Foreign Office is providing a further 1.5 million euros for aid measures. The aid flight by the Federal Agency for Technical Relief is being funding from this. The European Union is also providing 1.5 million euros in emergency aid.

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