JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com - President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo provided $1 million in humanitarian aid and in-kind assistance to help millions affected by floods and landslides in Pakistan.
“The Indonesian government will send humanitarian assistance in the form of funds worth $1 million and goods today,” Jokowi said at the Halim Perdana Kusuma Air Base on Monday, Sept. 26.
The head of state explained that the relief aid will be transported by two planes.
“The first phase consists of two planes loaded with items of basic needs such as tents, clothes, blankets, sleeping bags, generators, as well as medicines and medical equipment,” he said.
Jokowi hoped that the assistance would help people in Pakistan to recover quickly and return to their activities.
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Besides, the Indonesian government will assist by deploying health workers to offer medical services to Pakistani citizens affected by the disaster.
“We will also send health workers to help Pakistani people following the request from the Pakistani government,” he said.
The humanitarian aid was prepared by the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) following President Jokowi’s directive. Head of BNPB Lieutenant General Suharyanto reviewed the quality and quantity of the humanitarian assistance to ensure it is adequate and following the needs of the victims.
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Floods and landslides that struck Pakistan last month damaged agricultural land, schools, houses, and infrastructure as well as forced around 800,000 people to flee.
The Pakistani government has declared a state of emergency and deployed the military to deal with the major disaster caused by heavy rains.
Some of Pakistan’s worst-affected provinces include Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
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