China pledges to assist RI with tsunami mitigation

Dicky Christanto, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Tue, 11/09/2010 3:34 PM | World

The Chinese government has said it will provide assistance to Indonesia in facing Tsunamis, People’s Consultative Assembly Speaker Taufik Kiemas said Tuesday.

The aid would be provided in the form of technical assistance and the procurement of early warning system equipment, Taufik said.

“This is part of China’s solidarity and response to [Indonesia] since we are currently dealing with several disasters almost simultaneously,” Kiemas said on Tuesday.

Besides the technical assistance, he said, up to 10 million RMB had also been donated to help with post-disaster relief efforts in the Mentawai Islands.

Deputy speaker Hajriyanto Thohari, who also attended the meeting, added that a group of scientists specializing in tsunamis would be consulted to receive the assistance.

Indonesia installed an early warning system in the Mentawai waters around one year ago. However, the system apparently failed to provide proper warnings to inhabitants of the Mentawai Islands before the recent tsunami struck the area, claiming the lives of more than 400 people.

According to early investigations by the Indonesian Institute of Sciences, the system failed because several important parts were likely stolen.


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