Jayapura (ANTARA) - PT Freeport Indonesia (PTFI) sent aid worth three tons to residents affected by the flash floods in Sentani, Jayapura District, Papua, on Friday.

Kerry Yarangga, PTFI's Corporate Communication Manager (Corcom), when contacted from Jayapura City on Friday night, said that such assistance was sent from Mozes Kilangin airport, Timika, Mimika District, to Sentani airport, Jayapura District, Papua.

"So, this assistance is actually from community friends from Freeport, or employees. They are under the leadership of Paul Laly. They open opportunities for anyone, for employees and the community to contribute to residents in Sentani," he said.

He mentioned that donations of three tons or 153 koli contained various kinds of goods, ranging from toddler, children and adult clothes to blankets, milk, instant noodles and other basic foods.

"Thus, PTFI as one of the copper, silver and gold mining companies in the world, since Sunday night (3/17), a few hours after the flash flood disaster struck Jayapura District and Jayapura City, Papua, sent and distributed various relief goods greatly needed by flood victims," he said.

Kerry also added that the assistance did not stop there, but in an emergency situation of up to 14 days as an emergency response by the Jayapura District Government, assistance would be sent again.

In Sentani, Jayapura District, it appears that the PT. FI Volunteer Team received three tons of donated items handed over by the PTFI extended family, who are domiciled in Mimika Regency.

Freeport claims the first time to establish a humanitarian aid post in coordination and cooperation with the Jayapura District Government, the National Disaster Mitigation Board (BNPB), National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas), the Indonesian military and policei.  

Editor: Suharto