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January 16, 2021, 05.31 AM

President Joko Widodo expressed his condolences for the earthquake, and ordered National Board for Disaster Management [BNPB] head Doni Monardo and Minister for Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini to lead relief efforts there.


Indonesian Investigators Collect DNA of Those Lost on Sriwijaya Air SJ 182

Indonesian investigators are starting to make out the fates of the passengers and crew of Sriwijaya Air Flight SJ 182, nearly a week after the airliner went down off Jakarta on January 9, 2021, as it was en route to Pontianak, West Kalimantan, .

“The Indonesian National Police Disaster Victims Identification Unit [DVI] have collected 140 DNA samples of the victims from their families,” said police spokesman Brigadier General Rusdi Hartono on Friday, January 15.

The chief of the Police’s DNA Laboratory, Police Chief Dr. Ratna, reiterated Rusdi. “We managed to identify five victims from Flight SJ 182 today,” she noted.

“The number brought the number of those confirmed to have died in the disaster to 17 people. Relatives of four victims have claimed their remains for burial.”

National Search and Rescue Agency [Basarnas] chief, retired Indonesian Air Force Marshal Bagus Puruhito announced that investigators “have recovered 272 bags from the crash site [on Friday, January 15].”

“We are still looking for the black box containing the Cockpit Voice Recorder or CVR.”


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