Wednesday, 21 Augst 2019 | 12:50 WIB

Villages Ministry Set to Distribute Food and Aid to Bengkulu

Indonesia Minister of Villages, Development of Disadvantaged Regions, and Transmigration Eko Putro Sandjojo (kemendespdtt)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - The Indonesia Minister of Villages, Development of Disadvantaged Regions, and Transmigration Eko Putro Sandjojo has uploaded documentation of ready-to-eat food and bottled water packages on his Instagram social media official account, @ekoputrosandjojo.

The Minister said the food and water aid was provided by Indofood that was handed to the Ministry of Villages for flood victims in Bengkulu.

The assistance will immediately be distributed to Bengkulu to be handed over to the community and the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB). Besides Indofood, BNI, BRI and several BUMNs had also handed aid for the flood victims.

"Thank you for the assistance to the people of Bengkulu who have been affected," said Minister Eko, as quoted by, Wednesday (1/5/2019).

Previously, Eko said that he would continue to coordinate with relevant ministries and agencies to ensure that flood-affected areas in Bengkulu received the necessary assistance.

Minister Eko also requested prayer and assistance from the public to be affected by the Bengkulu floods. According to Eko, no matter how small his assistance, it would certainly be useful to reduce the burden on the brothers in Bengkulu.

Meanwhile, the Head of BNPB's Data Information and Public Relations Center, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, said earlier that floods and landslides occurred in 9 regencies/cities in Bengkulu Province. Nine districts/cities include: Bengkulu City, Bengkulu Tengah Regency, North Bengkulu Regency, Kepahiang Regency, Rejang Lebong Regency, Lebong Regency, Seluma Regency, South Bengkulu Regency, and Kaur Regency.

"The impact of the disaster was widespread. While the impact of the rapid assessment conducted by Bengkulu Province BPBD recorded 10 people died, 8 people were missing, 2 people were seriously injured, 2 people were lightly injured, 12,000 people were displaced, and 13,000 people were affected by the disaster," said Sutopo .

The physical damage caused by the floods included 184 damaged houses, 4 educational facilities, 40 damaged infrastructure points (roads, bridges, ducts, culverts) spread across 9 districts / cities, and 9 locations for fisheries and marine infrastructure spread over 5 district/city.