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US Ready to Help Indonesia Handle Bandang Sentani Flood Victims

Indonesia – United States expressed readiness to help victims of flash floods in Sentani, Jayapura Regency, Papua , at the end of last week which had killed at least 104 people.

“We express our commitment to cooperate with Indonesia in preparing the emergency response for humanitarian assistance in the face of such a disaster,” said Assistant Deputy US Secretary of State W Patrick Murphy, on the High Level Dialogue on Indo-Pacific Cooperation in Jakarta on Wednesday (20 / 3).

According to Murphy, Indonesia and other Southeast Asian countries need an emergency response mechanism because the area has many natural disaster risks.

In addition to 140 people were killed, at least 160 were injured due to flash floods in Sentani. Up to now, 75 people have also not been found. As many as 9,691 people were also forced to evacuate at 18 points due to flooding.

On that occasion, Murphy also had a bilateral meeting with the Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Retno Marsudi.

Murphy said he and Retno were also discussing the shootings in two Christchurch City mosques, New Zealand, last week.

He expressed his condolences to Retno because one Indonesian citizen was killed in the terrorist act which killed 50 people.

Murphy stressed that the shooting by an Australian named Brenton Tarrant was an inhuman act of terrorism.

He said the US stood with New Zealanders who came from any religion and ethnicity, especially the families of victims of the shootings.

“Finally, today, the US can show (solidarity) to New Zealand that we are also condemning the inhuman terrorist attacks in Christchurch,” Murphy said.

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