Transportation ministry prepares ships to evacuate Wamena's refugees

Transportation ministry prepares ships to evacuate Wamena's refugees

Residents waiting for the Hercules plane at Wamena Airport, Jayawijaya District, Papua Province, Monday (09/30/2019). (ANTARA / Marius Frisson/AK)

We will help the exodus of residents in Papua by preparing several types of ships. Namely KPLP, Navigation, Pioneer and Pelni ships scheduled in several ports of West Papua and Papua,
Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Ministry of Transportation is preparing ships to evacuate refugees in Wamena and Jayapura, Head of the Communication and Public Information Bureau of the Ministry of Transportation Hengki Angkasawan remarked. As a result, refugees and victims of riots can be evacuated and returned to their hometowns, because Wamena's condition is not conducive.

"We will help the exodus of residents in Papua by preparing several types of ships. Namely KPLP, Navigation, Pioneer and Pelni ships scheduled in several ports of West Papua and Papua," Hengki Angkasawan said in a written statement in Jakarta, Monday.

The ships which have been prepared include KN KALAWAI P 117 located at Arang Gudang Port, Ambon and KN GANDIWA P 118 from Class II PLP Base, Bitung.

The ships can each accommodate 100 to 150 people. Besides, logistical supplies are also prepared on board.

In addition to the ships, the ministry of transportation has provided aircraft from Trigana, Deraya, My Indo, Semuwa Aviation Mandir, Jayawijaya Air Dirgantara, Wings Air, and two types of Hercules that can carry more than 500 people.

"From the data we have received, most refugees want to go to Sorong, Ambon, Ternate, Bitung, and Makassar," Hengki explained.

The provincial government of Papua earlier assured full security to all Indonesian residents in Papua, including those in Wamena, Jayawijaya District, following the recent riots.

In Jayapura, Monday, Papua Governor Lukas Enembe, expressed the local government’s readiness to begin reconstruction and repair of all government and public assets, including offices, shops, and kiosks, that had borne the brunt of the rioting.

"Evacuation of victims of the riots, both the dead and injured, is the urgent response necessitated right now," Enembe stated.

Also, the Papuan local government has offered food and other basic daily essentials for people seeking refuge at military district command offices, police offices, churches, and mosques. (INE)
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