Jayapura, Papua (ANTARA) - Commander of the Indonesian Defense Forces (TNI) Marshal Hadi Tjahyanto and National Police (Polri) Chief Gen. Tito Karnavian arrived on Saturday in Jayapura for an around six-hour working visit.

The group landed at the Sentani Airport aboard a Hercules aircraft belonging to the Indonesian Air Force and was greeted by XVII/Cenderawasih Regional Military Commander Maj. Gen. Yoshua Sembiring, Papua Regional Police Chief Inspector General Martuani Sormin, Papua Governor Lukas Enembe, and officials within the TNI and Polri.

Information Chief of XVII Cenderawasih Military Command Col. Inf Muhamad Aidi informed Antara in Jayapura that upon arrival at the airport, the TNI commander and his entourage received inputs on the recent flash floods that had hit Jayapura District.

After receiving updates from 172 Military Resort Commander Col. Inf. Binsar Sianipar, the TNI commander immediately reviewed the Mako Battalion 751 to get information from the TNI soldiers serving in the area.

The group then visited the Jayapura Air Base headquarters and continued the work visit to meet the residents of Gunung Merah, Doyo.

During the visit to Red Mountain, the TNI commander and National Police chief will hand over aid to the victims of natural disaster, such as flash floods.

The flash flood that struck on Saturday (Mar 16) led to 105 deaths and some 93 people reportedly going missing.

Some 11 thousand residents fled to various areas considered to be safer to protect themselves from the impact of the natural disaster.


Translator: Eliswan Azly
Editor: Fardah Assegaf
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