(December 24, 2018 / JNS) The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee announced that it is providing assistance to Indonesia following a tsunami on Saturday killed at least 373 people with hundreds injured and at least 24 missing.
The JDC said that it would provide the aid “through its local partner in the Kalianda and Rajabasa subdistricts in Lampung. The aid provision includes health services, clean water and critical supplies for survivors and the displaced.”
“As the people of Indonesia face disaster for the third time this year, we mourn the tragic loss of life and work to provide an immediate response to care for those who survived the tsunami,” said JDC CEO David M. Schizer. “Guided by our Jewish values, we will endeavor to alleviate suffering and make the New Year ahead one that is filled with healing and recovery.”
Meanwhile, Israel expressed its sympathies to Indonesia following the disaster.
“Our most profound sympathies to all who are affected by the devastating tsunami in Indonesia, wishing speedy recovery to all the injured and expressing hope for search and rescue efforts,” tweeted Foreign Ministry spokesperson Emmanuel Nahshon.
#IndonesiaTsunami Our most profound sympathies to all who are affected by the devastating tsunami in #Indonesia, wishing speedy recovery to all the injured and expressing hope for search and rescue efforts . @IsraelMFA
— Emmanuel Nahshon (@EmmanuelNahshon) December 23, 2018
The two countries do not have diplomatic relations, and Indonesia has historically rejected Israeli assistance.
Israel last sent aid to the Muslim-majority nation in October, when an earthquake killed more than 1,400 people.