Walkie-talkies handed out for Mentawai relief effort

The Jakarta Post | Mon, 11/08/2010 10:05 AM | The Archipelago

PADANG: West Sumatra Disaster Mitigation Agency’s Operation Control Center has distributed 20 walkie-talkie sets to a number of villages hit by the recent tsunami.

The center also provided two motorboats and two dirt motorbikes to help distribute aid. Twenty more motorcycles were set to follow.

“The sea route is very difficult due to bad weather. We will try to distribute aid over land by motorcycles which can travel along paths from the east coast,” operation control center head Ade Edward said recently.

Ade and his team had brought with them a special communications minivan from Padang to Sikakap, which was equipped with a high-speed Internet link.

He said the rescue operation would end Nov. 11.

Volunteers are now focusing on handling the media, aid distribution and evacuation, while others are involved in repairing damaged roads and bridges. — JP

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