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Indonesia sends aid packages worth Rp17b to help Papua New Guinea landslide survivors 

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Jakarta, IO – The government will send humanitarian aid to survivors of landslides that hit a number of areas in Papua New Guinea in May.

“We will help strengthen the provision of assistance, the value of the assistance will be around Rp17 billion which will be tailored to suit the needs on the ground,” said Coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister Muhadjir Effendy, per CNN Indonesia, Tue (2/7).

The aid will be sent on July 8 to the airport in Port Moresby, the capital of Papua New Guinea, before being distributed to the survivors.

“Earlier I conveyed to our ambassador in Papua New Guinea to try to refine the delivery plan for the goods we will send from here,” explained Muhadjir. “Perhaps there is still something more needed at this time, to ensure that our assistance will be more optimal.”

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Meanwhile, Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin explained that the aid consists of 44 packages of medicine, 200 boxes of food for pregnant women and children, sanitary supplies, and 10 units of water purifiers which can filter 300 liters of water per day.

Worst affected areas include the Maip-Mulitaka mountains in Enga Province where thousands of people were reported buried. Authorities estimate 670 people have died and more than 2,000 were buried under rubble. (un)

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