1. The government of the Republic of Korea will provide humanitarian assistance of US$1 million in cash for the Republic of Indonesia, which suffered casualties and material damage from the powerful 7.5-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami (1.5-2 meters high) that hit Sulawesi Island on September 28.
° To date, the earthquake is reported to have left 384 people dead (announced by Indonesia’s National Agency for Disaster Management on September 29), another 540 injured and 29 missing.
° Currently, destroyed bridges and disconnected communications are making it difficult to confirm the exact extent of damage. The number of casualties could rise to more than thousands.
2. The humanitarian aid from the ROK government to Indonesia is expected to help meet affected residents’ urgent humanitarian needs on the heels of the earthquake and recover from the disaster at an early date.
3. Given the possible increase in the extent of damage, the ROK government will mull over sending a Korea Disaster Relief Team to Indonesia after consultations among relevant government agencies at home and with the Indonesian government.
* unofficial translation