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Jakarta Post

Bolstering TNI readiness, cooperation for disaster relief

  • Adhi Priamarizki and Iis Gindarsah

Jakarta   /   Mon, October 21 2019   /  01:24 am

JP/Ruslan SangadjiDuring the dry season this year, forest and land fires have taken a heavy toll on Kalimantan and Sumatra. Apart from being located in the Ring of Fire, Indonesia is prone to man-made disasters owing to its vast peatland. In an effort to quell fires that cover more than 328,720 hectares, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) has deployed a 9,072-personnel-strong task force, including forest firefighters, military, police and local volunteers.Today, countries are increasingly contributing military assets to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR). While the role of the Indonesian Military (TNI) in peace support operations is not new, its engagement in disaster relief activities has grown since the mid-2000s. Following the December 2004 earthquake and tsunami in Aceh, domestic and international military actors mounted a huge humanitarian airlift. Milita...