Daily Archives: February 15, 2020

Indonesians from Hubei depart from Natuna following observation period

Natuna, Riau Islands Province (ANTARA) – Some 243 Indonesian citizens (WNI), whom the Indonesian government had selectively moved from Hubei Province, China, Feb 2, and placed on Natuna Island for undergoing a two-week observation, left the island for Jakarta, on Saturday.

“Hence, take care of your health, keep exercising a bit, and just keep moving. Ensure sufficient nutritional intake to stay healthy. Do not forget to drink herbal medicine,” Minister of Health Terawan Agus Putranto remarked while seeing them off here on Saturday.

The 243 people were quarantined for two weeks after being evacuated from Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Of the total, 238 were evacuees, mostly Indonesian students, while the rest were members of the evacuation team and flight crew.

Putranto, along with Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture (PMK) Muhadjir Effendy and Head of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) Doni Monardo, were present in Natuna to symbolically release and return them to their respective areas of origin.

Brandishing the nation’s Red and White flags, several of them became tearful while lining up to listen to the ministers’ remarks.

The WNI smiled when Coordinating Minister for PMK Muhadjir Effendy confirmed that they were healthy and proven to be free of COVID-19.

The outbreak of the new coronavirus that originated in Wuhan in late 2019 has claimed 1,523 lives and infected 66,492 people, mainly in China.

No reports have, so far, been received of confirmed coronavirus cases in Indonesia.

Source: Antara News

DVI team identifies 10 victims of crashed MI-17 helicopter

Jayapura,Papua (ANTARA) – Some 10 out of the 12 victims of the MI-17 helicopter that had crashed on Mount Mandala, Oksob Sub-district, Pegunungan Bintang District, Papua Province, have been identified, according to a spokesman.

The victims were identified from their uniform, Col. Infantry Binsar Sianipar, commander of the military regional command (Korem) 172/PWY, stated on Saturday.

Only two victims could not be identified owing to the condition of their bodies. The police’s Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) team will identify them, he added.

Sianipar is currently leading the operation to evacuate victims of the crashed MI-17 helicopter.

The 10 identified bodies belong to 1st Lt Ahwar, the copilot; 2nd Sgt Dita Ilham; Capt. Bambang, the flight engineer; Capt Haris Afik, the pilot; Chief Sgt Suryatna, T/I; 1st Private Asharul, the mechanic; 2nd Private Sudjono Kaimudin; 2nd Private Yanuar; 1st Private Risno; and 2nd Private Tegar.

The Russia-made military helicopter, operated by the Indonesian Army Aviation Center, with 12 passengers aboard, including five members of the 725 Infantry Battalion/WRG, went missing during its flights from Oksibil to Sentani, Papua, on June 28, 2019.

The ill-fated helicopter is believed to be in a mountainous area at 12,500 feet above sea level, with a slope of around 90 degrees, or perpendicular.

A helicopter, earlier deployed to locate the Mi-17 helicopter, managed to spot it only once while being airborne and was compelled to return to Oksibil owing to bad weather, Sianipar stated, adding that most likely, the rescuers must head to the location on foot.

Source: Antara News

Bad weather caused Indonesian Army’s Mi-17 crash in Papua: official

Jayapura, Papua (ANTARA) – The Indonesian Army’s Mi-17 helicopter that crashed on Mount Mandala in Oksop Sub-district, Pegunungan Bintang District, Papua Province, and killed 12 people aboard, was owing to bad weather, according to an official.

“I think the pilot had attempted to re-direct the helicopter to the original location due to foggy weather, but when the helicopter turned, it crashed into the mountain,” Major General Herman Asaribab, commander of the Regional Military Command (Pangdam) XVII/Cenderawasih, remarked here on Saturday.

In response to the press’ questions, he noted that the weapons carried by the fallen military officers were being kept by local hunters and the weapons would be returned to the authorities.

“The local residents will return the weapons of the military officers killed in the helicopter accident,” he said.

The commander, who visited the Police’s Bhayangkara Hospital to see the bodies of the fallen officers and meet their family members, expressed his deepest condolences to the families of the victims.

The helicopter reportedly lost contact during its flight from Oksibli to Sentani on June 28, 2019. Since the day it went missing, search efforts have been steadily made to locate the helicopter by involving a Bell Helicopter 206 and Bell Helicopter 412 bearing registration number HA-5177.

However, the SAR’s efforts to locate the missing helicopter had been hindered by factors, including erratic weather conditions and difficulties on ground due to inaccessibility to roads.

The MI-17 helicopter, bearing registration number HA-5138, was carrying 12 passengers and crew members on board, which had earlier flown to Okbibab to deliver logistics to soldiers serving in the area.

The crew members aboard the helicopter were pilots CPN Captain Aris and CPN Lieutenant Bambang, co-pilot First Lieutenant CPN Ahwar, Head Sergeant Suriyatna, Sergeant Dita, Head Private Dwi Purnomo, and Private Aharul.

The passengers, who were members of the Battalion 725/WRG, comprised Second Sergeant Ikrar Setya Nainggolan, Private Yanuarius Loe, Private Risno, Second Private Sujono Kaimuddin, and Second Private Tegar Hadi Sentana.

Source: Antara News

Govt thankful to Natuna people for facilitating transit observation

Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Presidential Palace, through President Joko Widodo’s spokesperson, Fadjroel Rachman, expressed gratitude to Natuna’s people for having hosted citizens from Wuhan to undergo a transit observation.

“Thank you as much as possible and respectfully to all Natuna residents, who host our fellow countrymen. Some 285 people undergone a transit observation from Hubei Province, China, until the return day on Saturday, February 15, 2020,” Rachman noted in a statement received in Jakarta, Saturday.

The spokesperson remarked that the Government of the Republic of Indonesia, through the health minister along with all coordinating ministries and related institutions in accordance with Presidential Instruction No. 4 of 2019 guarantees that all Indonesian citizens are in good health.

Indonesians citizens have also undergone an observation transit program in Natuna in line with the protocol of the World Health Organization (WHO).

“This conviction was reiterated by President Widodo that the government followed all health protocol processes from the WHO on Friday, February 14, 2020, in Magelang,” he stated.

Rachman stated that the Indonesian government also thanked all parties that had contributed to their stay and evacuation from Hubei Province, especially the Chinese Government, where President Joko Widodo also called President Xi Jinping directly.

“Furthermore, the Indonesian government thanked the foreign minister and the Indonesian ambassador in China as well as all teams that guarded and picked them up as well as the regional government that would pick them up at the Halim Perdana Kusuma Airport and escort them to their families,” he stated.

The president also appealed to people in Natuna to receive the Wuhan citizens with utmost sincerity.

The people should believe that they have undergone a transit observation program in tune with the WHO protocol.

They have also undergone a monitoring process that will continue after they return to their respective regions.

“Let us all, with open hearts, welcome the return of our brothers and sisters back into our common life,” he stated.

According to Fadjroel, this mutual cooperation was a joint social capital for this nation in facing difficult times.

“Hopefully, the coronavirus epidemic would end soon,” he added.

Indonesian citizens evacuated from Wuhan, China, will be able to leave Natuna District, Riau Islands Province, after the 14-day observation period ends on Saturday, February 15, Minister of Health Terawan Agus Putranto had earlier stated.

“On 15th (February), family or relatives can pick them up at Natuna. It is up to the family,” Terawan stated here on Thursday.

The minister also ensured that until now, some 285 Indonesian citizens, including students, aircraft crew, and pick-up team members, returning from Wuhan, China, are in good health during the observation, and none had been affected by the new coronavirus.

Source: Antara News

Govt thankful to Natuna people for facilitating transit observation

Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Presidential Palace, through President Joko Widodo’s spokesperson, Fadjroel Rachman, expressed gratitude to Natuna’s people for having hosted citizens from Wuhan to undergo a transit observation.

“Thank you as much as possible and respectfully to all Natuna residents, who host our fellow countrymen. Some 285 people undergone a transit observation from Hubei Province, China, until the return day on Saturday, February 15, 2020,” Rachman noted in a statement received in Jakarta, Saturday.

The spokesperson remarked that the Government of the Republic of Indonesia, through the health minister along with all coordinating ministries and related institutions in accordance with Presidential Instruction No. 4 of 2019 guarantees that all Indonesian citizens are in good health.

Indonesians citizens have also undergone an observation transit program in Natuna in line with the protocol of the World Health Organization (WHO).

“This conviction was reiterated by President Widodo that the government followed all health protocol processes from the WHO on Friday, February 14, 2020, in Magelang,” he stated.

Rachman stated that the Indonesian government also thanked all parties that had contributed to their stay and evacuation from Hubei Province, especially the Chinese Government, where President Joko Widodo also called President Xi Jinping directly.

“Furthermore, the Indonesian government thanked the foreign minister and the Indonesian ambassador in China as well as all teams that guarded and picked them up as well as the regional government that would pick them up at the Halim Perdana Kusuma Airport and escort them to their families,” he stated.

The president also appealed to people in Natuna to receive the Wuhan citizens with utmost sincerity.

The people should believe that they have undergone a transit observation program in tune with the WHO protocol.

They have also undergone a monitoring process that will continue after they return to their respective regions.

“Let us all, with open hearts, welcome the return of our brothers and sisters back into our common life,” he stated.

According to Fadjroel, this mutual cooperation was a joint social capital for this nation in facing difficult times.

“Hopefully, the coronavirus epidemic would end soon,” he added.

Indonesian citizens evacuated from Wuhan, China, will be able to leave Natuna District, Riau Islands Province, after the 14-day observation period ends on Saturday, February 15, Minister of Health Terawan Agus Putranto had earlier stated.

“On 15th (February), family or relatives can pick them up at Natuna. It is up to the family,” Terawan stated here on Thursday.

The minister also ensured that until now, some 285 Indonesian citizens, including students, aircraft crew, and pick-up team members, returning from Wuhan, China, are in good health during the observation, and none had been affected by the new coronavirus.

Source: Antara News