Working Together to Restore the Lives of Residents around Balongan Oil Refinery

Aksi Cepat Tanggap extends their sympathy for the victims of the fire at the Balongan oil refinery, as stated by Chairman of Aksi Cepat Tanggap’s Supervisory Board Ahyudin.

A member of Masyarakat Relawan Indonesia put a mask on a child refugee affected by the fire at the Pertamina Oil Refinery in Balongan. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, INDRAMAYU - The fire at the Pertamina refinery in Balongan, Indramayu, on Monday (3/29/2021) morning had a quite massive impact on the community. In fact, an explosion was heard up to a radius of nine kilometers and damaged residents' homes. Nearly a thousand people had evacuated to GOR Bumi Patra Pertamina.

For the victims of this tragedy, Aksi Cepat Tanggap extends its deepest sympathy, as stated by Chairman of Aksi Cepat Tanggap’s Supervisory Board, Ahyudin. "Our sympathy goes to the victims of the fire at Pertamina Oil Refinery in Balongan. This tragedy has greatly saddened this nation, not only because Pertamina is a strategic asset of this nation, but also due to the magnitude of the impact felt by local residents,” said Ahyudin, Wednesday (3/31/2021).

Hence, a massive collaboration is needed to deal with the impact of the oil refinery fire at Balongan. "Gotong royong (communal work) is the key to overcoming the impact of this disaster. For that, ACT invites all Indonesian people to take part in dealing with the impact of the fire at the Pertamina oil refinery in Balongan," he stated.

Ahyudin emphasized that ACT would continue to support the needs of residents affected by the fire with the best humanitarian actions. Since the first day, ACT and the Masyarakat Relawan Indonesia have performed assessments, provided psychosocial assistance, and distributed food. ACT has also readied its humanitarian vehicles as a form of generosity that involves the wider community.

ACT Emergency Response Team Coordinator, Kusmayadi, added that this Wednesday the Humanity Food Truck fleet had arrived in Balongan. "The truck that provides free meals will serve hundreds of ready-to-eat meals to the survivors. In addition, ACT's medical team is also ready to be deployed to ensure the health of the affected victims, especially because of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic," explained Kusmayadi. []