Thursday, January 14, 2010

Indonesian Survivors in Haiti

Two Indonesians have survived an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 on the Richter Scale that struck Haiti earlier today, while three others still missing. Here is an article that I have quoted from The Jakarta Globe.

Brazilian peacekeepers check the damage to the UN headquarters after an earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. (Reuters Photo/Eduardo Munoz)

Three Indonesian UN Volunteers Still Missing in Haiti After Quake

Indonesia’s Permanent Representative Office at the United Nations Security Council in New York on Thursday announced that five Indonesians were in Haiti when an earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale struck on Tuesday.

Two of the Indonesian survivors were identified as Endang Satriyani and Yogi Anggoro, while three others are still missing.

Indonesia’s Charge d’Affaires at the Security Council, Hasan Kleib, said on Thursday the two Indonesian survivors were volunteers at the UN Stabilisation Mission (Minustah) in Haiti’s capital city, Port-au-Prince.

“They managed to get out of their office before it collapsed,” Hasan said, adding that his staff managed to contact him later through an Indonesian working at a UN mission in Liberia, Luigi Pralangga.

Luigi told Hasan that there were three other Indonesian women in Port-au-Prince when the quake struck.

“Yogi said he had recently met them in Port-au-Prince. The three women came from Bali but their names are yet to be disclosed. A report says they were working at Caribee Hotel in Port-au-Prince,” Hasan said.

The Indonesian Permanent Representative Office in New York along with Minustah’s offices in New York and Port-au-Prince are still monitoring developments in the search for the three missing Indonesians.

According to UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, more than 100 UN staff personnel were inside the building when it collapsed, including UN Special Representative to Haiti, Hedi Annabi, and his deputy Luiz Carlos da Costa.

10 comments:

murkcore@blogger blog said...

Such a sad start for the new year for the people of Haiti. I remember the typhoon that hit us last year and people from around the world send help and love. Also the earthquake in Indonesia. My heart goes to people of Haiti. Let's just hope they get through this terrible incident. But they need a little help from us..

Elle said...

Tragic news, but I must say that I'm happy to hear of *any* survivors at all. I'm thankful for their lives.

Lita C. Malicdem said...

That was Haiti's worst nightmare in about 240 years of no earthquake. My country suffered many times from this natural calamity, but not to that extent.

As I can't be of help to give monetary (pay) donation, I've started offering to "pray" for that country and the victims.

CoNnie said...

What a devastating news, I hope that the people of Haiti could be strong to go through this horrible disaster. My little heart goes out to them.

H. Nizam said...

MurkCore,

A very sad start of the new year for Haitians, let's hope that they will strong enough to bear the effect of the earthquake.

H. Nizam said...

Elle,

Let us hope there will be more survivors

H. Nizam said...

Lita,

Yes, the least the can do is to pray to God that the people in Haiti will be strong enough to go through all the difficulties.

H. Nizam said...

CoNnie,

Although Haiti may be locates many thousand miles away from the place we are living right now, our hearts go out to their people.

shin said...

As a Caribbean and it being so close to my home (Bahamas), I definitely have the utmost sympathy and donated whatever I had right off the bat. For a country that basically survives off 9 billion annually (basically the average citizen gets roughly $1 a day), it's really hard to sustain. So this earthquake was like a meteor shower to them. I just hope that there is long term help with this. This is def not a quick fix. They are all in my prayers.

H. Nizam said...

Shin,

Let's hope that the international community will provide all the help they can give to Haiti, the way they helped us when the Tsunami struck in 2004 that killed more than 220,000 including 170,000 in our province of Aceh.