Following Palu earthquake and tsunami Deutsche Post DHL Group sends Disaster Response Team to Indonesia

October 05, 2018 - 13:45
Following Palu earthquake and tsunami Deutsche Post DHL Group sends Disaster Response Team to Indonesia

  • Deutsche PostDHL Group volunteers provide logistics support for managing incoming reliefgoods at Balikpapan International Airport and Palu Airport

BONN,GERMANY - Media OutReach - October5, 2018 - Deutsche Post DHL (DPDHL) Group, the world's leading mail and logistics servicesprovider, has deployed itsDisaster Response Team (DRT) to Indonesia in the wake of the devastatingearthquake and tsunami on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. The DRT is thereto support the humanitarian response to the island.Almost 1,000 villages havebeen affected by the disaster. The death toll has risen to more than 1,400 andis expected to climb higher still. Moreover, hundreds of people have beeninjured and over 60,000 have lost their homes. Urgently needed goodssuch as technical equipment, water, tents, fuel and food are currently beingflown to Balikpapan. DPDHLGroup's DRT provides logistics support in close collaboration with local staffand humanitarian organizations at local airports. They are helping tomanage incoming aid for further distribution to those in need.

On October4, 2018 the DRT received the official mandate from the government of Indonesiathrough BNPB (Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management) and ASEANCoordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management (AHACentre) to support with humanitarian logistics in Palu, ground zero of thetsunami on the island of Sulawesi, and in Balikpapan, a seaport city on theeast coast of the island of Borneo. Two DRT teams are being set up tosupport the request, one at Balikpapan where its international airport willfunction as the staging area for incoming international assistance into Palu,and the other at a distribution centre close to the airport in Palu to handleand store relief goods. More DHL volunteers are on standby and ready fordeployment once the government has coordinated the flow ofinternational aid into Indonesia.

CarlSchelfhaut, GoHelp Manager, Asia Pacific, Deutsche Post DHL Group leads bothteams. He explains, "The situation in Palu on the island of Sulawesi inIndonesia is still dire with power outages, water shortages and increasingreported incidents of looting. Due to a collapse of the tower at Mutiara SISAl-Jufrie Airport, only very small propeller aircrafts and military airplanescan land. That is why Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman Airport in Balikpapan isbeing set up as the main humanitarian relief hub where sourcing and sorting ofincoming relief goods will take place. With the airport in Palu partially readyto receive goods, the Indonesia National Armed Forces, along with selectedforeign forces from countries like Australia, India, Japan, Korea, New Zealandand Singapore are ferrying C-130 and C-17 type aircraft from Balikpapan toPalu. These aircraft will serve the dual purpose of transporting aid to Paluand then returning with evacuees. The DRT will be on-site in both locations toassist with ground handling."

Through itsDRT teams, who work on the ground together with local staff as well as national andinternational humanitarian organizations, offloading goods from aircraft pallets, loading them onto standardwooden pallets, and then storing them in warehouses until they can be forwardedon, DPDHL Group provides life-saving logistics support. "Managing relief goods logisticsis crucial in the aftermath of natural disasters. As a logistics company wehave the skills that can save lives -- we help ensure that relief goods areprocessed quickly so that they reach the people affected by the devastatingearthquake and tsunami as quickly as possible," elaborates Carl Schelfhaut.

About the Disaster Response Team

The DRTs arepart of DPDHL Group's GoHelp disaster management program, which it has operatedin partnership with the United Nations (UN) since 2005. Through this partnership,the Group provides the UN and national disaster management agencies with probono access to its core logistics expertise, and the logistics skills of morethan 500 specially-trained employee volunteers worldwide who can deploy within72 hours after a natural disaster.

Since thepartnership was launched, the DRTs have completed about 40 deployments fordifferent natural disasters in over 20 countries -- most recently the team helpedthe victims of Fuego volcano eruption in Guatemala in June this year.

In addition to the DRTdeployments, the Group's Get Airports Ready for Disaster (GARD) initiative --also part of the GoHelp program -- trains airport management in risk regions tobe better prepared should disaster strike.

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