The Indonesian government is open to receiving international assistance for handling earthquake and tsunami victims in Donggala-Palu, Central Sulawesi. However, assistance is limited to only six types.
"President Joko Widodo has stated that he has received international assistance, but is not asking and that there are also conditions for only six forms of assistance," Head of the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) Data Center, Information and Public Relations Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said here on Tuesday (2 / 10).
In the Forum Merdeka Barat (FMB9) discussion, Sutopo detailed international assistance received, namely air transportation in the form of Hercules C130 aircraft, tents, field hospitals, fumigation, generators, and clean water treatment. He said that to date there have been 26 countries and two international institutions offering assistance.
"All assistance must be submitted in writing. As much as possible self-supporting and not burden us. So we remain cautious and there is a process," he said.
The international assistance is coordinated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and BNPB with the main priority of air transportation. "It is not arbitrary that all foreign aid can enter, which we prioritize the six assistance. This 'G to G' detail will be arranged," he said.
Previously, the Government of Indonesia stated that it received assistance from the international community to respond and overcome the impact of the urgent earthquake and tsunami disaster for Donggala. Head of the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) Thomas Lembong in his official twitter account @tomlembong, Monday (1/10), condemned that President Joko Widodo on Sunday (30/9) night had given authority to his staff to receive assistance from the international community.
Tom cited his statement in English and said that he would help coordinate assistance from the private sector from various parts of the world. For this reason, he is ready to receive messages through his social media account or through his personal email which he includes in his post.