15 Tons of Aid for Cyclone-Hit Areas Arrive in Kupang
Date 8 April 2021
On Thursday (8/4), a cargo aircraft arrived at El Tari Airport in Kupang carrying emergency assistance for regions affected by the tropical cyclone Seroja in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) Province.
The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) distributed 15 tons of aid and six family tents to several disaster-affected areas, including Lembata and Alor regencies.
Head of the BNPB Doni Monardo urged that the assistance should be distributed immediately to cyclone survivors.
“Don’t hoard any logistics in the warehouse, no matter what the logistics are. We must ensure that all regions have received the assistance,” Doni said during a coordination meeting among disaster command posts in several areas of NTT.
In the meeting, he also asked all parties, who have the information about disaster-affected areas that are still isolated, to report it.
As part of the emergency response efforts, the Government has provided public kitchen services for disaster-affected residents. The Indonesian National Defense Forces (TNI), under the Udayana Regional Military Command, has operated 28 public kitchens spread across 8 affected regencies.
On that occasion, Doni also called for technical support from the TNI and the Indonesian National Police (Polri) to traverse rough terrain to the affected locations. Regarding this matter, the Polri has provided air transportation facilities to transport an orthopedic team to Alor Regency.
In the meantime, each command post will continue to perform emergency response, such as searching for and evacuating the victims, providing services to residents in the evacuation shelters, distributing aid, collecting data, and opening access to isolated areas. (PR of BNPB/UN) (RIF/MMB)