Cianjur regent thanks volunteers and communities for providing assistance in Cianjur quake aid – The Online Citizen Asia

Rescue personnel remove a motorcyle as they work to find a missing child believed to be trapped in the rubble of a collapsed house at Cugenang in Cianjur, West Java on 24 November 2022, following a 5.6-magnitude earthquake on 21 November (Photo by ADEK BERRY / AFP)

CIANJUR, INDONESIA — Cianjur regent Herman Suherman thanked volunteering organizations, government institutions and all parties for providing assistance to Cianjur following the deadly quake that killed more than 200 and displaced more than 60,000.

In a virtual press conference on 24 November, he said that the total financial aid received was worth IDR 1.8 billion (US$114,800) from 252 donors.

“I, on behalf of the Cianjur Regency, express my gratitude to all donors, whether individuals or organizations, government, regency, or city institutions, for the donation. We will use it according to the current regulation,” he said.

Previously on 23 November, the National Disaster Mitigation Body (BNPB) confirmed that 2,904 volunteers had been registered to assist in Cianjur.

In the past couple of days, individuals, volunteering organizations, private companies, and government offices have shown solidarity in providing relief for those affected by the 5.6 magnitude quake.

State-oil firm Pertamina, for example, has distributed 12 tons of rice for shared kitchens at refugee shelters in the quake-hit area.

Individuals and organizations appealed for donations, describing what refugees urgently need.

A South Tangerang resident who joined a volunteering community told TOC that she had appealed to her neighbours to donate to Cianjur.

“We urgently need blankets, pampers, bottles of shampoo, bars of soap, tubes of toothpaste, and toothbrushes,” she said, adding that she and her fellow volunteers would depart for Cianjur on 25 November.

She added that used kids’ clothes are also needed as lots and children are in refugee shelters even though there has been no official data on the number of children refugees so far.

Meanwhile, National Disaster Mitigation Body (BNPB) head Suharyanto suggested that those who wish to support the affected residents can place their aid at the main post near the office of Cianjur Regent.

“All logistics, from government offices or anywhere, should be placed in the main post near Pendopo (the office of Cianjur Regent),” said Mr Suharyanto in a press conference on 23 November.

Describing how the logistics will be created out, Mr Suharyanto noted that the donated aid will be split and kept in two warehouses, including that belonging to the regional disaster mitigation body (BPBD).

At 8 am, all subdistrict heads will come to propose what they need.

An hour later, the police, the West java Transportation Office, BNPB, BPBD, and other institutions will transport those aids by truck.

Afterwards, village heads will distribute those items to each refugee spot.

Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto shared that helicopters from the military and the police are ready to distribute logistical support for isolated areas.

“Yes, helicopters from the Indonesia Military and the National Police are ready,” he said while visiting Sayang Regional General Hospital (RSUD Sayang) on 24 November.

The Cianjur quake death toll rose to 272, as the BNPB updated on 24 November.


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