JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – The Indonesian government will repatriate two of the four Indonesian citizens who died in the recent catastrophic earthquake in Turkey. Their bodies will be buried in Indonesia.
“As of now, four Indonesian citizens have died in the earthquake. Two of whom have already been buried in Turkey,” said Indonesia’s Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi at the Halim Perdanakusuma Air Base on Tuesday, Feb. 21 in Jakarta.
“The other two will be buried in Indonesia as requested by their family,” Retno added.
The minister said that the remains will be transported by the flag carrier Garuda Indonesia, the same flight that carrying humanitarian aid to Turkey and Syria on Tuesday.
The aircraft will also bring home 85 Indonesian nationals who are affected by the devastating quake.
“The 85 Indonesians living in Turkey wanted to return home,” she added.
Coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister Muhadjir Effendy and Disaster Mitigation Agency chief Suharyanto will accompany the team of Indonesian humanitarian aid for Turkey and Syria.
The two leaders will meet the authorities of the two countries. "They will conduct a meeting and assess what other assistances are currently needed,” said Retno.
The send-off ceremony of 140 tons of food and logistics aid for the quake victims in Turkey and Syria was attended by Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo on Tuesday.
"Indonesia continues to carry out humanitarian diplomacy. And this morning we send four planes to Turkey and Syria carrying 140 tons of food and other logistical materials needed," said the President.
He added that previously the government also deployed a search and rescue (SAR) team, a medical team to help earthquake victims in both countries.
Besides, the government also sent a transport aircraft Hercules to help with the evacuation in Turkey and Syria.
The earthquake that hit Turkey on Feb. 6 claimed thousands of lives.
Data on Feb. 14 recorded that deaths have reached 40,000 people.
The World Health Organization (WHO) said this earthquake was the worst natural disaster in the last century in Europe.
(Writer: Dian Erika Nugraheny | Editor: Icha Rastika)
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