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Foreign countries, NGOs offer help to Lombok

  • by Kharishar Khafi Hotli Simanjuntak
Jakarta   /   Sat, August 11 2018   /  12:30 am

Helping hands: Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) executive chairman Ginandjar Kartasasmita (right) accepts a donation from South Korean Ambassador to Indonesia Chang Beom Kim at the PMI’s office in Jakarta on Friday. The Korean government channeled US$500,000 for Lombok earthquake victims. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)Foreign countries and international institutions have offered to help with relief efforts in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), which was hit recently by powerful earthquakes. Prevailing regulations, however, do not allow them to be directly involved in distributing the assistance.

“A number of countries have expressed their willingness to help [...] The local disaster mitigation agency and relevant agencies will carry out an assessment and determine whether they need [foreign] assistance,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Arrmanatha Nasir said on Friday.

South Korea has provi...