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EU scales up support for victims of tsunami in Indonesia
Jakarta, 8 February 2019 – The European Union (EU) is allocating a further €300,000 (approximately IDR 4.8 billion) in humanitarian funding to Indonesia to ensure the continued delivery of much needed assistance to families hit by the tsunami that struck the Sunda Strait in late December 2018. The funding will directly benefit 6,000 of the most affected people, particularly those who are currently displaced, in the worst-hit district of Pandeglang. The latest allocation comes in addition to the initial €80,000 delivered immediately after the disaster, bringing to the EU total humanitarian contribution to €380,000.
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EU and Indonesia work together on an Emergency Early Warning System
28 January 2019 – The European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC), in collaboration with the Indonesian Tsunami Society (IATsI), the Marine Research Center of the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (KKP) and the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysical Agency (BMKG) worked together since the Sunda Strait tsunami in December in order to design and implement an Emergency System. The new system will adopt real time fast tsunami instruments that will monitor on a 24/7 the sea level and will provide email and SMS alerts for informing about a potential event. The activation of the sirens in the area can be performed after a human verification of the signals.
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EU brings additional relief to the victims of recent natural disasters in Indonesia
29 December 2018 – The European Union (EU) is providing EUR 80 000 (approximately IDR 1.3 billion) in additional humanitarian funding to further assist the most vulnerable communities affected by three major disasters which have struck Indonesia in the span of the last six month. In July 2018, a major earthquake hit the island of Lombok, claiming more than 500 lives and causing widespread damage. In September 2018, another major earthquake left a trail of destruction on the island of Sulawesi, killing more than 2 100 people. Most recently, on 22 December 2018, a tsunami caused extensive damage to the coastal areas of Sunda Strait. At least 425 people have lost their lives.
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On Saturday, 22 December 2018, a tsunami triggered by the volcanic activity of the Anak Krakatau volcano hit the coastal areas of Sunda Strait.
On Sunday, 23 December 2018, the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker expressed his condolences in a letter to the President of the Republic of Indonesia Joko Widodo.
The President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani also conveyed his condolences.
A statement was issued by the High Representative of the European Union (EU)/ Vice President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini and the European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides in which they expressed their condolences and pledged EU's support.
The EU Ambassador to Indonesia Vincent Guérend also expressed his condolences to the people of Indonesia.
The EU’s emergency Copernicus satellite mapping service has been activated to asess damage caused by the tsunami.