ACTNews, PALU – Five days after its departure from Tanjung Perak Harbor, Surabaya, Humanitarian Ship finally arrived at a harbor in Palu. The ship anchored off Pantoloan Harbor, Saturday (10/13). KM Melinda 01, the vessel appointed to be the Humanitarian Ship, carried 1,000 tons of food and other aid for disaster-affected people of Central Sulawesi.
The ship brought 500 tons of rice gathered from Waqf-based Food Barn (LPW) of Global Wakaf – Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) in Blora, Central Java. The other 500 tons consisted of other items like mineral water, groceries, new clothes, baby food, blankets, tents and medicines. Apart from food and basic necessities, the ship also carried an ACT ambulance which was previously used to aid the people of Lombok.
ACT Senior Vice President, Syuhelmaidi Syukur stated that the Humanitarian Ship is a part of efforts to send basic needs from many parts of Indonesia to the people of Central Sulawesi. The first Humanitarian Ship for Central Sulawesi carried thousands of tons of humanitarian aid sent from various regions in Java such as Blora, Ngawi, Bojonegoro, Yogyakarta, Semarang, Solo, Malang and Surabaya.
“Not only from South Sulawesi and Kalimantan, humanitarian aid also came from various region in Java through the Humanitarian Ship. The aid packages that were sent will fulfill the needs of the disaster survivors in Palu and its surrounding areas,” said Syukur, Saturday (10/13).
The shipping of the humanitarian aid through Humanitarian Ship for Palu, Sigi and Donggala was successfully done through the collaboration between ACT and PT ASDP Ferry. The aid packages from the ship will be stored in a storehouse in Pantoloan Harbor. They will be distributed to the beneficiaries through ACT’s regional posts. To date, there have been eight regional posts in four regencies in Central Sulawesi.
Syukur added that the second Humanitarian Ship will sail from Jakarta. The ship will depart from Tanjung Priok Harbor to Pantoloan Harbor on Monday (10/15). “The aid delivery for the people of Central Sulawesi will not stop here. Insha Allah, the next Humanitarian Ship will depart from Jakarta to bring another batch of food and basic needs,” he said.
After the earthquake, tsunami and soil liquefaction in Palu, Donggala and Sigi, tens of thousands of survivors still need food. They lost their wealth and livelihoods. Deeply traumatized by the disasters, they chose to evacuate after their houses were in ruins.
The number of evacuees has reached a massive number of 61,000, spreading across 109 evacuation sites. Living in tarpaulin tents in dire condition, they became prone to diseases as the rainy season has started. While the rain and drizzle fall every evening till dawn, the evacuees still have to endure the scorching heat during the day. They are in need of food and medical supplies.