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RI to send relief aid to Haiti

Kamis, 14 Januari 2010 21:05 WIB | 730 Views
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Indonesian government will send relief aid to the quake victims in Haiti, including experts, medical supplies and food.

A 7-magnitude earthquake rocked Haiti in the Caribbean killing possibly thousands of people as it had also caused the collapse of the presidential palace and hillside homes, leaving the small nation appealing for international help.

Coordinator Minister for Welfare Agung Laksono told the press at the Presidential Office in Jakarta Thursday afternoon that a decision to send the relief aid was made in a cabinet plenum at the Presidential Office.

"The government has also conveyed its condolences for the victims and their relatives of the natural disaster, " Agung said.

The help from the Indonesian government will consist of a team of 30 medical personnel including surgeons, a 10-member SAR team, and 10 electrical experts. The remaining 25 are experts in construction and telecommunications.

The government will also send medical supplies weighting a total of 5 tons, another five tons of food special equipment and tools for children and babies also five tons.

The assistance also include clean water installations, an ambulance and truck.

He said the relief aid coordinated by the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), included a budget for leasing transport planes as all the relief aid and teams will be sent at the same time.

It was hoped that all the relief aid would leave Indonesia for Haiti on Saturday (Jan 16). The only problem is obtaining the necessary visas by the Indonesian Consulate General in New York, as Indonesia has no diplomatic ties with Hairi, Agung said.

The quake hit at 5 pm (22.00 GMT).(*)