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Cablegate: Mgeap1: West Sumatra Earthquake - Sitrep 5

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STATE FOR EAP MARCIEL, CA, USAID FOR DCHA/OFDA KLUU, ACONVERY, AND
RTHAYER, ANE FOR KROSEN, BANGKOK FOR ADWYER, NSC FOR PMARCHAM,
GENEVA FOR NKYLOH, PACOM POLAD/J3/J5

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SUBJECT: MGEAP1: WEST SUMATRA EARTHQUAKE - SITREP 5

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Padang and have sought our assistance in delivering badly needed
materials. For instance, HOPE will send locally purchased medicines
and shelter to its mobile medical team which is working in the
Pariaman district (outside of Padang).

8.(SBU) Hatta Rajsa, State Secretary of the United Indonesia
Cabinet, expressed gratitude for a U.S. military field hospital and
the USS Denver's airlift support. He said imagery from P-3 flights
would help the government's damage assessment and inquired about
heavy equipment for excavation and well drilling. Helicopter
airlift capacity will get humanitarian assistance and maybe heavy
equipment to hard to access areas.

INTERNATIONAL ASSISTANCE

9.(U) The UNOCHA is acting as the lead coordinator of international
aid. OCHA is conducting assessment of requirements with its network
of NGOs and GOI. Preliminary results are expected Tuesday, October
6. We have confirmed reports of the following governments/NGOs
having provided assistance and/or funds: JICA (Japan) medical aid
and rescue team; AusAid Australia search and rescue team; Insarac
(Swiss) medical aid and rescue team; Turkey humanitarian aid; Church
World Services; European Commission; Malaysia; UNDP; Hope Indonesia
and IOM. We have unconfirmed reports that there are 72
international NGOs working in the area.

PUBLIC AFFAIRS

10.(U) Charge Osius and RDML Landolt will travel to Padang tomorrow
to welcome the OFDA plane and to see the set up of the mobile
hospital, as well as support and thank our team. The Indonesian
press, print and television, continues to report on President
Obama's phone call to President Yudhoyono. U.S. offers of
assistance have been widely reported. A popular newspaper, Rakyat
Merdeka, included CG Medan and USAID in its list of volunteers
actually on the ground in Padang.

EMBASSY JAKARTA MISSION DISASTER RELIEF OFFICER

11. Mission Disaster Relief Officer is Alfred Nakatsuma. He can be
reached at anakatsuma@usaid.gov. or by phone: (office)
62-21-3435-9434 or (cell) 62-8129178395.

Osius#

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