fected 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