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Chi­nese ef­forts un­der­way in re­con­struc­tion of quake-hit In­done­sian city

Global Times - - Front Page -

Un­der a tall signal tower, dozens of tents have been set up. They are “of­fices” of Chi­nese tele­com com­pany ZTE in Palu, the cap­i­tal of In­done­sia’s Cen­tral Su­lawesi prov­ince, hit by dev­as­tat­ing quakes and tsunami.

Rindhu, one of ZTE’s lo­cal staff in In­done­sia, told Xin­hua on Wed­nes­day that ZTE’s emer­gency team ar­rived in Palu im­me­di­ately after the strong earth­quakes struck last month to as­sist lo­cal au­thor­i­ties in the re­cov­ery ef­forts.

Dev­as­tat­ing earth­quakes and an en­su­ing tsunami rav­aged the cen­tral In­done­sian prov­ince on Septem­ber 28, leav­ing more than 2,000 dead and thou­sands of peo­ple home­less so far, with Palu worst hit. After the dis­as­ter, the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment, so­cial or­ga­ni­za­tions and en­ter­prises of­fered help to

the af­fected peo­ple in In­done­sia, and par­tic­i­pated in the re­con­struc­tion ef­forts in the dis­as­ter-hit ar­eas.

Thanks to the ef­fec­tive co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the In­done­sian gov­ern­ment, its peo­ple and the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­ni­ties in­clud­ing China, the daily life in Palu is re­turn­ing to nor­malcy, with de­bris be­ing cleaned up, more sup­plies de­liv­ered to the needy and banks and su­per­mar­kets re­opened.

Rindhu, 34, is the only woman in ZTE’s tem­po­rary work­ing site in Palu, as well as the head of the net­work main­te­nance team. Her col­leagues see her as a brave woman.

Rindhu was asked to travel to Palu to re­pair the dam­aged tele­com equip­ment net­work after the dis­as­ters. Fly­ing from Jakarta to Mas­sakar, the cap­i­tal of South Su­lawesi prov­ince, be­fore tak­ing a bus for two days from Mas­sakar to Palu, Rindhu fi­nally ar­rived in Palu on Oc­to­ber 3.

“My col­leagues have tried sev­eral times to per­suade me to leave Palu. But I in­sist on stay­ing and do my best and do it very quickly, so that

those af­fected can get in touch with their fam­i­lies and friends,” Rindhu said.

ZTE is the net­work equip­ment provider for the whole Su­lawesi is­land. Ac­cord­ing to sta­tis­tics, the earth­quakes of 6.0, 7.4 and 6.1 mag­ni­tude and the tsunami de­stroyed around one third of its tele­com base sta­tions on the is­land.

ZTE’s re­gional man­ager Wisnu Eka Pu­tra be­lieves that he is “a lucky man.” He was on a busi­ness trip out of Palu when the dis­as­ter oc­curred. How­ever, he re­turned to the city as soon as he could start re­pair­ing the dam­aged net­work.

After days of work, 90 per­cent of the dam­aged bases were fixed. Wisnu said. “I am proud to be able to make a dif­fer­ence in the re­con­struc­tion of my home­town.”

ZTE project direc­tor Zhu Shun­rong told Xin­hua that so far ZTE had sent nine batches of emer­gency main­te­nance per­son­nel, more than 70 peo­ple, as well as 17 gen­er­a­tors and over 20 ve­hi­cles to Palu. “Lo­cal net­work com­mu­ni­ca­tion has ba­si­cally re­turned to nor­mal,” he said.

Many other Chi­nese com­pa­nies in In­done­sia have mo­bi­lized their per­son­nel and re­sources for dis­as­ter relief. P.T. In­done­sia Morowali In­dus­trial Park, a Chi­nese-In­done­sian com­pany which has been oper­at­ing in Cen­tral Su­lawesi prov­ince for years, sent two am­bu­lances and more than 20 health pro­fes­sion­als to quake-hit Palu.

An of­fi­cial from the China Cham­ber of Com­merce in In­done­sia said Chi­nese com­pa­nies not only helped boost lo­cal eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, but also shoul­dered their so­cial re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in dif­fi­cult times.

Fur­ther­more, the first batch of hu­man­i­tar­ian sup­plies of the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment, con­sist­ing of 1,200 tents, thou­sands of wa­ter treat­ment equip­ment, 200 gen­er­a­tors and some other ne­ces­si­ties, were flown to Palu on Tues­day evening. And four batches of aid are to be de­liv­ered in the com­ing days.

The Chi­nese Em­bassy in In­done­sia also pur­chased items needed by the vic­tims, and the Red Cross So­ci­ety of China do­nated $200,000 to its In­done­sian coun­ter­part, Palang Merah In­done­sia, for relief ef­forts.

Chi­nese Am­bas­sador Xiao Qian said, “China and In­done­sia are good neigh­bors who share weal and woe and are al­ways ready to of­fer timely help for each other.”

“I hope the aid from China can cope with the ur­gent needs of In­done­sia, and the In­done­sian gov­ern­ment and its peo­ple can feel the strong bonds be­tween our two coun­tries,” he


Photo: VCG

The earth­quake and tsunami dis­as­ter zone is lit­tered with de­bris in Palu, In­done­sia, on Oc­to­ber 9, 2018.

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