Qtel donates $200,000 to Jakarta flood victims

 22 Jan 2013 - 3:40


Qtel Group representative Nicholas Swierzy (second left) with Gunung Hari Widodo, Head of Indosat-Area Jakarta (left), present  the donation to Red Cross Indonesia, in the Kapuk Muara neighbourhood in North Jakarta, yesterday.

Doha: Qtel Group yesterday announced a donation of $200,000 to help flood victims in Indonesia as part of relief efforts of Qtel Group and its Indonesian operator Indosat.

After several days of heavy flooding in Jakarta earlier last week, more than 20,000 people were evacuated, leading the government to declare a state of emergency until Sunday. 

The donation following directives of Qtel Group Chairman Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Saud Al Thani, will go to a number of agencies providing relief efforts, including the Indonesian government, Red Cross Indonesia, PKPU, and the Dompet Dhuafa Foundation. The aid aims to help improve the lives of hundreds of flood victims, who are in dire need of food, water, clothing, medicine and other daily needs. 

Qtel Group representative Nicholas Swierzy and Indosat President Director and CEO Alexander Rusli presented the donation to flood victims in the Kapuk Muara neighbourhood in North Jakarta yesterday. In the sprawling Jakarta metropolis, Kapuk Muara is one of the worst-affected areas, as nearly 700 people have been staying in a shelter for the past week.

Caused by unusually strong monsoon rains, the flood waters have inundated the city’s central business district, closed schools and offices, and affected about 95,000 people in different areas of the city.

During the flooding, Indosat was the country’s first mobile operator to offer customers free local minutes, SMS and Internet access to help family members stay in touch. For customers with a minimum or zero balance, Indosat gave them Rp5000 to use for any combination of 10 minutes of voice calls, 20 SMS or 1 MB of data.

BlackBerry customers also received one free day of service, thanks to an Indosat partnership with RIM.  This was especially helpful for customers on daily packs who had exhausted their credit and could not recharge due to lack of access to shops.

Indosat also offered free, unlimited calls to Jakarta’s emergency, evacuation and flood response call centres to all customers – even those without credit. The company has also worked round-the-clock to ensure its mobile network has remained operational, despite power outages and affected offices. 

 “During this challenging time for Indonesians, I hope that our donation will help improve the lives of people suffering due to the floods; this gesture demonstrate the strong bond of friendship that exists between our countries. Indosat is working very hard to maintain services and ensure that people have the security and support of a reliable mobile connection. Whenever there are difficulties, our customers know they can rely on Qtel Group companies,” Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Saud said in a statement.

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