Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, center, sending off an Indonesian aid delegation to cyclone-hit Vanuatu, earlier this month. (Antara Foto/Rivan Awal Lingga)

Indonesia Sends Aid to Cyclone-Hit Vanuatu


APRIL 05, 2015

Jakarta. The Indonesian government has sent $2 million worth of aid to Vanuatu, which was smashed by a devastating cyclone last month that left 11 people dead and thousands homeless.

A Garuda Indonesia Airbus 330 and Cardig Boeing 737 left with the relief packages from Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta International Airport on Saturday.

“The aid will be a symbol of Indonesian commitment to strengthening bilateral relations with Vanuatu in terms of disaster mitigation,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The aid consists of $450,000 in cash, as well as 6,000 packages of nutrition supplements and food, 6,000 packages of ready-to-eat food and 2,000 packages of biscuits.

The shipment also contained 149 carts of baby food, 333 carts of pregnancy food, 500 packages of children’s clothing, 7,500 blankets, 26 carts of solar cells and 200 family tents.

Cyclone Pam affected more than two-thirds of the South Pacific island nation, wiping out crops and destroying fishing fleets.

Vanauata's government is now coordinating an international relief effort.