Humanitarian Ship for South Kalimantan to Sail Soon to Help Flood Victims

As part of the emergency response actions for South Kalimantan Flood, Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) will dispatch a Humanitarian Ship for affected residents. The ship will carry 1,000 tons of food and basic supplies for flood-affected residents.

Humanitarian Ship for South Kalimantan Logo.

ACTNews, JAKARTA - The beginning of 2021 has been quite difficult for Indonesia. Many natural disasters have occurred, including the massive flooding in South Kalimantan that affects 11 regencies and municipalities in South Kalimantan.

As part of the emergency response actions for South Kalimantan Flood, Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) will sail a Humanitarian Ship for the affected residents. In this emergency phase, many flood victims re in need of staple food packages. Therefore, this ship will carry 1,000 tons of food and other basic supplies donated by the generous donors for the South Kalimantan flood victims.

"Simultaneously, we sail both the Humanitarian Ships for West Sulawesi and Humanitarian Ship for South Kalimantan by the end of January. Insha Allah, the Humanitarian Ship for South Kalimantan is set to sail to Port Trisakti in Banjarmasin from Port Tanjung Perak in Surabaya. Thousands of tons of food aid that we will send via the Humanitarian Ship will expand the reach of food aid distribution for flood victims in South Kalimantan who are still dealing with the impact, "said ACT President Ibnu Khajar, Tuesday (1/26/2021).

The food aid packages will consist of rice, mineral water, instant foods, and others. To collect the aid, ACT opens Humanitarian Ship’s Lumbung Peduli in 63 ACT branch offices throughout Indonesia. The collected assistance will not only be for South Kalimantan, but also for West Sulawesi.

"The Lumbung Peduli for the Humanitarian Ships will become a center for the gathering of the aid as well as an information center.  Furthermore, our volunteers also invite leaders, partners, media, and others to call others to contribute to the Lumbung Peduli for the Humanitarian Ship in all provinces. Each branch office will have 10 Lumbung Pedulis. In total, we will set up 600 Lumbung Pedulis all around Indonesia, ”explained Ardiansyah, ACT's Director of Strategic Marketing & Communication.

In line with the preparation for the departure of the Humanitarian Ship for South Kalimantan, ACT also continues to its volunteers to assist the earthquake victims. There are emergency response volunteers, relief volunteers who take care of the aid distribution, and psychosocial assistance volunteers that consist of psychologists and preachers that provide spiritual support.

To date, there are nine Humanitarian Posts that ACT has established in South Kalimantan: The Central Humanitarian Post in Banjarmasin, Humanitarian Posts in Balangan Regency, Tabalong Regency, Hulu Sungai Tengah, Tanah Laut Regency, Barito Kuala Regency, Banjarbaru City, Banjar Regency, and the Hulu Sungai Utara District.

The high rainfall in most areas in South Kalimantan resulted in flooding that inundated vast areas of the province. The Indonesian Meteorological, Climatological and Geophysical Agency predicts that South Kalimantan will still experience heavy rainfall. Thus, BMKG has raised the alert status in South Kalimantan. In addition, the Social Service of South Kalimantan Province recorded that, as of Sunday (1/24/2021), 105,347 families or 342,219 people have been affected by the floods. In addition, 15 casualties were reported. Apart from flooding, the rain also caused landslides in Tungkaran Village, Tanah Laut Regency.

"This is the time for us to act together to save the nation by sailing the Humanitarian Ship because the Indonesian nation is a nation that drives kindness, a nation that cares and helps each other. We ask for your prayers and support so that this ship can sail smoothly so that our brothers and sisters who were affected by the flood in South Kalimantan can receive the aid packages mandated by the donors," Ardiansyah concluded. []