Social Affairs Minister Asks Regional Gov'ts to be Aware of Disasters Triggered by Climate Change
Thursday, 16-September-2021 13:00
PALANGKARAYA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Indonesian Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini has asked the regional governments to be aware of the impact of disasters caused by climate change. The Minister of Social Affairs asked regional heads to prepare anticipatory steps that can provide comprehensive solutions to flood disasters.
The Minister of Social Affairs is currently inspecting flood locations in three areas in Kalimantan, namely Katingan Regency, Palangkaraya City, and Tanah Laut Regency. Tri Rismaharini, also known as Risma, asked regional heads to prepare strategic plans and anticipate disasters so that they do not recur and become obstacles in the government's efforts to improve people's welfare.
In the presence of the Deputy Governor of Central Kalimantan Edy Pratowo, the Regent of Katingan Sakariyas, the Deputy Chief of Central Kalimantan Police , Brigadier General Pol Ida Oetari, Echelon 1 officials of the Ministry of Social Affairs, and the Forkompimda ranks, the Minister of Social Affairs invited them to dare to make breakthroughs. The Minister of Social Affairs proposed the construction of a large dam at Bumi Tambun Bungai.
"For the land, it can be discussed with various parties. With dams, for example, there are several areas that will feel the benefits of not being affected by flooding," said the Minister of Social Affairs in a meeting at the Religious Field, in Katingan City, Central Kalimantan, on Thursday (09/16/2021).
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According to the Minister of Social Affairs, repeated flooding not only burdens the government's tasks, but also makes it difficult for the community to improve their welfare.
"The regular flooding makes it difficult for the government to carry out development. It is also difficult for the public to achieve their welfare," she said.
The Minister of Social Affairs motivates them to dare to make breakthroughs in the midst of budget constraints, as Risma did when she served as Mayor of Surabaya.
"I didn't have a budget, sir (when I was mayor of Surabaya). But indeed we have to be brave and make a breakthrough. I believe there is a way, sir," Risma said.
Risma gave an example of the construction of the Sutami Dam in Malang Regency, East Java, which the Minister of Social Affairs assessed as a strategic step.
"In the past, many areas in East Java were hit by floods regularly because of the overflow of the Brantas River. But with one dam, now it can benefit many areas," he said.
To the three regional heads she visited, the Minister of Social Affairs reminded that disaster is a serious threat due to climate change. Local governments must also prepare well-planned disaster mitigation scenarios, including the preparation of evacuation facilities for residents such as shelters.
This statement was conveyed by the Minister of Social Affairs during a visit to the location of the flood in Tanah Laut Regency. To the Regent of Tanah Laut Sukamta, the Minister of Social Affairs emphasized that the creation of evacuation routes and shelters is expected to help save vulnerable groups such as pregnant women and the elderly during floods.
On that occasion, the Minister of Social Affairs, accompanied by the Regent, walked through the villages in Asam Asam Village, Jurong District, Tanah Laut Regency. The Minister of Social Affairs greeted the locals and had a small dialogue with local residents. Residents explained that the water level passed the floor of the house on stilts, or about 120 cm.
The Minister of Social Affairs reminded that there are challenges that must be faced by regional heads who have areas in coastal areas such as Tanah Laut Regency. Coastal areas face two threats, namely from land and from the sea.
"Climate change has brought greater risks, especially for coastal areas. If a flood occurs, the water cannot flow out. If the sea level rises, there will be tidal waves. So even without rain, flooding can occur," said the Minister of Social Affairs.
On this occasion, the Minister of Social Affairs greeted and entertained flood survivors in both Asam Asam Village and Palangkaraya City. The Minister of Social Affairs asked them to continue to be happy and pray for the disaster to end soon.
The central and local governments distribute aid to disaster survivors in Asam Asam Village, Jurong District. Among the assistance in the form of ready-to-eat food, children's food, family kits, kids ware, and health equipment such as masks, hand sanitizers, and gloves. The total value of assistance is IDR138,046,706.
In Kasongan Lama Village, Katingan Hilir District, the Ministry of Social Affairs provided assistance in the form of 156 packages of ready-to-eat food, 102 packages of children's food, 50 sheets of blankets, 30 packages of kids ware, 30 packages of family kit, 35 packages of foodware, 35 kitchen utensils, 100 sheets, and mattresses. fold 20 sheets.
During a visit to Mendawai Village, the Minister of Social Affairs inspected the services of the Tagana Public Kitchen in Central Kalimantan and Tagana Palangkaraya City in the RW. 06 RT. 07, Mendawai Village.
The current condition of water discharge in flood-affected areas, Mendawai Village, Kec. The crossbar at the deepest point is ±50 cm. Currently, it is still raining with moderate intensity and the potential for flooding is still high.
In line with statutory provisions, during a disaster the Ministry of Social Affairs is responsible for meeting the basic needs of survivors and protecting vulnerable groups.
Among the tasks of the Ministry of Social Affairs in the event of a disaster, through the Disaster Preparedness Team (Tagana) coordinating with local governments to collect data on victims, distributing logistical assistance, moving vulnerable groups to safer places, establishing public kitchens to meet the food needs of the survivors and providing Psychosocial Support Services (LDP).
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