Hun Sen extends condolences, donates $200K to Indonesia

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An aerial view of an area devastated by an earthquake in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. Reuters

As the death toll continues to rise from the earthquake that struck Indonesia, Prime Minister Hun Sen has sent his condolences to Indonesian President Joko Widodo and families of victims while also providing $200,000 in humanitarian aid.

“I am extremely saddened to learn about the loss of so many lives, hundreds of thousands missing and displaced as a result of the massive earthquake and the ensuing Tsunami which left a trail of devastation on Palu city of Sulawesi Island this weekend,” Mr Hun Sen said.

“I would like to convey to Your Excellency and through you to the government and the people of the Republic of Indonesia, especially the bereaved families and victims, my deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences for their huge loss and suffering in this disaster.”

“Cambodia stands with Indonesia in its grief over this unfortunate phenomenon and wishes the injured a speedy recovery,” Mr Hun Sen added.

A 7.5 magnitude earthquake in Indonesia on Friday triggered tsunami waves as high as six meters, which swept ashore at the small city of Palu, on the west coast of Sulawesi.

The confirmed death toll yesterday rose to 1,234 from an initial 844, according to Indonesia’s national disaster mitigation agency. Rescuers have yet to reach many affected areas leading to fears the death toll could rise again.

The Cambodian government provided $200,000 in aid to Indonesia to help affected families, according to a press release from the Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Rescue members work at a collapsed hotel in Indonesia on Monday. Xinhua

The Cambodian Red Cross also extended its condolences and donated $50,000 to the Indonesian Red Cross through Sudirman Haseng, Indonesian Ambassador to Cambodia.

In a letter to Muhammad Jusuf Kalla, chairman of the Indonesian Red Cross Society, Cambodian Red Cross president Bun Rany said the earthquake and tsunami left hundreds of people missing and dead, and thousands of families lacking shelter.

“With heartfelt sympathy, I would like to donate $50,000 to the Indonesian Red Cross Society for the humanitarian operation assisting those who are in need,” she said.

In response, Mr Haseng thanked the Cambodian Red Cross for its attention and donation to help Indonesian people.

Mr Haseng said that Cambodia and Indonesia have always helped each other in difficult circumstances, noting that the two countries will continue to maintain and strengthen long-lasting traditions of solidarity, friendship and cooperation.

Meanwhile, Cambodian Ambassador to Indonesia Hor Nam Bora has called on Cambodian people staying in Indonesia to be careful and those at home to postpone their trips to Palu city and Donggala in Sulawesi.

“The embassy would like to appeal to the people that if there is no necessary duty, please delay your trips to the affected area until the situation returns to normal,” Mr Nam Bora said.

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