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Indonesia: UNJLC Bulletin No. 45 Indian Ocean Tsunami Operation

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1. SECURITY

A foreign aid worker from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies was shot by unknown assailants near Lam No, about 80 km south of Banda Aceh. Her wound was not life-threatening. This incident occurred in Krue Kluet village, Kota Fajar sub district, Aceh Selatan district on the Meulaboh to Medan route.

Seismic activities continue in Aceh and Nias regions: a magnitude 6.7 earthquakes on Nias was reported on 05 July, and a smaller shock occurred on Sunday 10 July of approximate magnitude 4.4.

2. CRITICAL ISSUES

Nothing significant to report

3. GENERAL

UNJLC Sumatra Assessment Team is visiting different locations in Sumatra to collect information about logistics capacities. The team was in Medan from 29 June to 03 July, in Riau Province 03-06 July and in South Sumatra 06-09 July 2005. The team so far has collected data on:

  • Fuel depot location and capacity in North Sumatra, Riau and South Sumatra Province.

  • Port database in North Sumatra , Riau and South Sumatra Province

  • Price for Construction Materials in North Sumatra, Riau and South Sumatra Province

  • Private and Port Warehouses in Riau and South Sumatra Province

  • Main Supply Routes in Riau Province in Riau and South Sumatra Province

  • Airports Database in Riau and South Sumatra Province
A 30-day on-arrival visa is available to tourists at a cost of $25.
  • The government also announced that from now on overseas nationals could enter the country through Bintang Pura port in Tanjung Pinang. This brings to 17 the number of ports and airports across the country where on-arrival visas are available.

  • Among the airports are Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta International Airport; Polonia Airport in Medan, North Sumatra; I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport in Denpasar, Bali; Tabing Airport in Padang, West Sumatra; Sam Ratulangi Airport in Manado, North Sulawesi; and Juanda Airport in Surabaya, East Java.

  • On-arrival visas are also available at the ports of Tanjung Priok in Jakarta, Tanjung Perak in Surabaya and Benoa in Bali.
Additional countries granted visa-on-arrival facilities: Austria, Belgium, Egypt, India, Ireland, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Maldives, and People's Republic of China, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Spain, and Saudi Arabia.

It was announced by Government Reconstruction Agency at the six month commemoration ceremony of the tsunami in Banda Aceh that 172 reconstruction projects worth USD 585 million will be implemented by 70 local and international non-governmental organizations in Aceh and North Sumatra.

UNHCR is to resume humanitarian work in Aceh, with focus on the provision of permanent shelter.

WFP will phase-out the general food distribution on Nias at the end of this month.

UNJLC has placed a link on its website for a free software program (Google Earth) that provides access to a world wide database of imagery. The program provides an engaging video-game-like user experience for exploring the logistics landscape. The program is particularly useful for logistics orientation / appreciation in the early days of a response, or for new personnel.

4. Bilateral Support/CMCOORD/Transition to Civilian Operation

Nothing significant to report

5. LAND

The state of the road between Banda Aceh and Meulaboh continues to cause concern. As soon as the security situation permits, a Road Assessment Team will be dispatched to carry out a detailed road and bridge assessment.

6. SEA

Concern is growing throughout the community over the inability to find suitable ships to transport the reconstruction materials to locations on the West Coast of Aceh Province. Already, the work of IoM is falling behind due to the inadequacy of current shipping. Pressure will continue to obtain funding to introduce specialist NFI vessels into service so that expectations regarding the timing of reconstruction can be met.

7. AIR

A Special mission under the auspices of the Humanitarian Coordinator visited Banda Aceh, Calang and Meulaboh between 06 and 07 July to brief the User Group and TNI Commanders on restrictions imposed by the UN on transportation of military personnel on UN aircraft.

  • The mission submitted a report to the Humanitarian Coordinator confirming conveyance of the message and acceptance by all parties of the policy.

  • Copy of the Special Mission report was made available to the User Group Committee in Banda Aceh.
Effective 11 July 2005, a Dash-7 aircraft capable of transporting up to 48 passengers has joined the fleet of aircraft operated by UNHAS. The Dash 7 will initially service Meulaboh and Nias and will also be available to Medan subject to specific requirement.

The standard fleet of aircraft operated by UNHAS will comprise:

  • 2 x MI-8's
  • 1 x Bell 412
  • 2 x Twin Otter
  • 1 x Dash 7
  • (A third MI-8 is being retained under contract until end of July and may be extended on a month by month basis subject to User Group requirement.)
In the period 04-09 July, UNHAS pax. = 889. The UGC will decide on penalties to be imposed on passengers (and agencies) that repeatedly disregard cancellation procedures - and are recorded as 'no shows'.

The User Group Committee has begun discussions regarding the possible increase in scheduled flights to Simeulue (from 3 per week to 5 per week). No decision has been taken as of 12 July.

Please be informed that all passengers checking in on any UNHAS flight shall properly identify themselves and produce the following to the UNHAS personnel upon check-in:

1. Identity document.

2. A copy of the passenger booking request signed by the authorized representative of his/her agency.

3. A copy of the Security Clearance (for UN Personnel only)

Basically agencies should be able to book passengers via Aceh booking or via email addressed to UNHAS in their local region or deposit a hard copy of the Passenger booking request in specific location, e.g. airport office or town office.

  • Should you have further information on this issue, please do not hesitate to contact UNHAS Banda Aceh on 0812 693 0226 or 0811 864031 or 0811 987 383
A medivac of an IMC International was carried out successfully on Sunday 10 July 05.

Garuda Indonesia has extended its generous humanitarian cargo provision. However, owing to the less urgent nature of operations now a 50% discount applies to their normal commercial rates. More details will be available shortly at www.unjlc.org, in the air operations section.

8. WAREHOUSING

Nothing significant to report

9. GEOGRAPHIC HUBS

Nothing significant to report

10. MEETINGS

The time for Banda Aceh Logistics Coordination meeting is to be moved to 1600hrs on Tuesdays, in the WFP meeting room UN Compound, Jl. Sudirman No 15.

ABOUT UNJLC

UNJLC is an inter-agency facility reporting during an emergency to the Humanitarian Coordinator and overall to the Inter-Agency Standing Committee. Its mandate is to coordinate and optimize the logistics capabilities of humanitarian organizations in large-scale emergencies. UNJLC operates under the custodianship of WFP who is responsible for the administrative and financial management of the Centre. UNJLC is funded from voluntary contributions channeled through WFP. More information on UNJLC in general and on the South Asia operation can be viewed on the UNJLC website (www.unjlc.org)