Indonesia to Send Typhoon Aid to Philippines

Children peek out from their makeshift shelter in Tacloban, on the eastern island of Leyte on November 10, 2013. A super typhoon that destroyed entire towns across the Philippines is believed to have killed more than 10,000 people, authorities said on November 10, which would make it the country's deadliest recorded natural disaster. (AFP Photo/Noel Celis)

Children peek out from their makeshift shelter in Tacloban, on the eastern island of Leyte on November 10, 2013. A super typhoon that destroyed entire towns across the Philippines is believed to have killed more than 10,000 people, authorities said on November 10, which would make it the country’s deadliest recorded natural disaster. (AFP Photo/Noel Celis)

Indonesia will offer humanitarian aid to the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan’s deadly landfall, the president’s office said on Sunday.

“[The] president is concerned about the natural disaster that happened in the Philippines,” Presidential Spokesman Julian Aldrin Pasha told the Indonesian newspaper Kompas. “We are working on humanitarian aid which will be processed under the BNPB [National Disaster Mitigation Agency] and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.”

Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the Philippines on Saturday, leave a wide path of destruction in its wake. Coast towns and cities like Tacloban were hit hardest, where the typhoon laid waste to larger chunks of the 220,000-large city. By Sunday afternoon, disaster crews and the military had descended on the affected areas to provide aid.

Local officials worry as many as 10,000 people were killed in the storm.

“This is destruction on a massive scale. There are cars thrown like tumbleweed and the streets are strewn with debris,” said Sebastian Rhodes Stampa, the head of a UN disaster assessment coordination team, in Tacloban.

Indonesia will take cues from similar disaster relief efforts and send food, water and generators, BNPB spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said. The nation has sent aid to Sichuan, China, and Tahiti in the past.

“The Indonesian ambassador in the Philippines has sent information [to us] that the most urgent necessities are drinking water, generators, medicine — especially antibiotics — and ready-to-eat meals,” Sutopo told the Jakarta Globe.

It will be the fourth time Indonesia provided the Philippines with disaster relief. The government sent the neighboring country some $400,000 in aid for landslide and flood victims in Oct. 2011, some $500,000 following the Dec. 2011 Washi Cyclone and some $1 million following the Bopha/Pablo cyclone in Jan. 2013.

— Additional reporting from AFP

  • green slime

    Well Said,

    Everyone is upset with the current devastation in the Philippines,

    Sad very sad, please help them if you can

    They are in need of everyone’s help right now

    And then look around at most of the population of Indonesia,
    they need help on a global scale

    They need food, water, homes, clothes, medication, and jobs,
    they need humanitarian aid

    And if the government can’t afford it, don’t send it to
    the Philippines,

    look around a lot of the areas In Indonesia are flooded right now,
    people dying right now, people walking around in that dirty water

    Getting sick Right now, please help your own people first,

    Indonesian people need it every day of the year

  • cleoan

    Friday not Saturday.
    Thank you Indonesia!

  • Genie

    How can we send food to the Philippines? Is there an Indonesian charity organization we can go through? If not, how do we go about donating food ourselves?

  • JohnGalt

    Genie, Julie, Before you go off and start something or donate to people that you do not know I would suggest that if you wish to donate do it through a well recognized organization with a specific call for donations to the Phils. UNICEF are one of the best or the Red Cross but before you give anything make sure that you are giving it specifically in response to any calls they have for the Philippines. Do not just give to them without knowing.

    Both organizations may already have a collection centers for the Phils for the hurricane disaster relief. Visit their web sites. If not then visit their web sites in the Phils. And donate through the Phils via credit cards or follow the instructions they will have.

    If you organize something yourself again, when you have everything in order do it through a recognized solid organization and when you donate be absolutely sure that it is going to the Phils. They will tell you. If you are not happy with the answers (sometimes they are not equipped to receive donations for another country locally) then do not donate through them. Find someone who is capable.

    Use only organizations of this nature. Then you can be assured that they will insure the donations of either money or materials will be delivered to the Phils. There are already calls from dozens of NGOs for financial support. You could use them but make sure that you know what fund you are donating too. One very good one http://www.rescue.org/donate/typhoon-haiyan/ This is the International Rescue Committee and has an outstanding reputation. Founded by Albert Einstein.

    Genie, donating food is not a good idea. Regardless of the situation laws are still laws and import duties and customs regulations still apply and your food donations would no doubt get tied up in red tape and never get there.

    Simply put, if you and your friends wish to help find a solid organization, make enquiries, and if you are happy that your money is going where you want it to then donate. If not find someone else. As a last resort, contact the Phils Embassy and ask for their advice.