Indonesia – French humanitarian assistance for the region of Palu (5 October 2018)


Following the earthquake and tsunami that hit the region of Palu on the island of Sulawesi on September 28, Indonesia launched an appeal for international assistance on October 2, notably by activating the EU Civil Protection Mechanism.

As President Macron pledged, France mobilized its efforts to respond to the specific and detailed needs expressed by the Indonesian authorities.

The Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs crisis and support center is coordinating the delivery of humanitarian cargo and personnel to the affected area, including 43 firefighters/rescue personnel and Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs personnel.

A plane carrying humanitarian cargo will depart from France on Saturday at noon.

This humanitarian cargo includes a large water treatment unit, supplied and operated by the Ministry of the Interior’s sécurité civile [emergency services]. It will be deployed to the region of Palu to supply drinking water to 80,000 people per day, thereby covering almost half of total drinking water needs indicated by the Indonesian authorities.

It will also include 18 generators provided by Electricians without Borders (ESF) and the Crisis and Support Center, as well as water purification units provided by the Veolia Foundation and the Fondation Suez-Aquassistance, as part of a humanitarian partnership agreement they signed with the Ministry’s Crisis and Support Center on December 19, 2017.

Water purification tablets donated by the NGO Secours Islamique France complete this humanitarian aid shipment, which was put together in accordance with specific requests by the Indonesian authorities.