Special Correspondent

Temporary shelter, medicines welcome

CHENNAI: Survivors of the quake-hit Yogyakarta in Indonesia are looking forward to aid like medicines, drugs and tents, K.J Kumar, Honorary Consul, Consulate of the Republic of Indonesia in Chennai, said on Saturday. While food was sufficient, temporary shelter and medicines would be welcome , he said. Helping Hands International, a U.S.-based voluntary organisation, had already pledged to donate 200 tents.

Singapore Airlines and Malaysian Airlines have promised to airlift commodities free of cost.


Those wishing to donate money can send demand drafts to the Indonesian Embassy office in New Delhi.

Further details can be had from the Chennai Consulate at 2-D, El Dorado, 2nd Floor, 112, Nungambakkam High Road, Chennai - 600 034, between 10 a.m and 3 p.m, Monday to Friday. Ph: 28253337/28206845, Email: kkri_chennai@vsnl.net.

With Indonesia relaxing formalities for travel into the country, all Indian tourists landing in any of the nation's airports will be given a visa on arrival for one or two weeks.

Those travelling on business and immigration visas can apply to the Embassy in New Delhi and the Mumbai Consulate via the Chennai Consulate.

Promoting business

The Indonesian Government was keen on inviting Indian entrepreneurs and film producers to invest in the country. Indonesia has abundant fertile lands and natural resources like oil, rubber, precious metals, timber, palm oil, spices and cashews, Mr. Kumar said.

The Consulate of the Republic of Indonesia, Chennai, will be inaugurated on June 5 by the Indonesian Ambassador to India, Donnilo Anwar.