AHAD NEWS ■ The Indonesian National Armed Forces (TNI) sent 12.9 tons of humanitarian aid in the form of food and beverages as well as several other items such as platoon tents, team tents, towels, blankets, to victims of the Tropical Storm Harold who had hit the Republic of Fiji, some time ago .
The ceremony for the departure of humanitarian assistance from the Government of Indonesia to the Government of the Republic of Fiji was led directly by the Commander of the TNI Marshal Dr. (H.C.) Hadi Tjahjanto, S.I.P. at Base Halim Air Base (Lanud) Halim Perdanakusuma, East Jakarta, Tuesday (05/12/2020).
The TNI Commander stated that the humanitarian assistance showed the close relations between the two countries. As a friendly country, we will certainly help each other when needed. All of course hope, that this assistance can ease the burden of the people of Fiji and can strengthen the good relations between the two countries.
On April 8, 2020, Typhoon Harold hit the countries in the South Pacific. Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands fell victim to the ferocity of the tropical storm Harold that formed in the southern Pacific Ocean.
Typhoon Harold which hit Fiji a month ago is a category 5 hurricane with wind speeds of more than 200 km per hour. Harold's attack in Fiji has damaged buildings, people's homes, flooding in some areas and cut off electricity and communication facilities. This disaster certainly added to Fiji's difficulties in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic which also hit the South Pacific countries.
Although Indonesia is currently experiencing a difficult time due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it has not diminished the humanitarian spirit to provide assistance to the people of Fiji who are experiencing multiple disasters. Humanitarian assistance 12.9 Tons of items needed by the people of Fiji are assistance from the Government and all the people of Indonesia.
Humanitarian aid departed using the Hercules C130 A1318 series belonging to the Indonesian Air Force on Wednesday (05/13/2020) at 05.00 WIB, expected to arrive in Fiji on Thursday (5/14/2020) at 22:00 local time.
On Friday, May 15, 2020, the Hercules plane departed back to Indonesia with 29 Indonesian citizens from Fiji. Indonesian citizens who return to the country are confirmed to have conducted a Covid-19 Rapid Test, then after arriving in the country will undergo a health protocol.
Head of Center for Puspen TNI, Colonel Sus Taibur Rahman