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Social Affairs Minister Ensures Luwu Disaster Survivors Have Their Basic Needs Met

Wednesday, 06-October-2021 16:00

Indonesian Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini (center, white mask) visits an area hit by natural disaster in Luwu, South Sulawesi.
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Indonesian Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini (center, white mask) visits an area hit by natural disaster in Luwu, South Sulawesi.
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LUWU, NETRALNEWS.COM - Indonesian Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini has instructed her staff to prepare locations to provide buffer stock for landslide and flash flood survivors in Luwu Regency, South Sulawesi Province. This is a response from the location of the incident which is mountainous and difficult to access.

"This has to be anticipated. Here, the territory is mountainous and access is difficult. It must be ensured that the logistics needs of the community can still be prepared in the event of a disaster in the future," said the Minister of Social Affairs.

The statement was made by the Tri Rismaharini, also known as Risma, while visiting the landslide and flash flood disaster areas in Ilanbatu Village, West Walenrang District, Luwu Regency, South Sulawesi Province, on Wednesday (10/06/2021).

Through observation along the way to the location, many landslide points were found.

"Well, there is a landslide, and the access points are closed, which I am worried about that the food needs of the residents at some points cannot be met," said the Minister of Social Affairs.

By listening to input and direct observations, the Minister of Social Affairs identified eight vulnerable locations. It is at these eight points that the Ministry of Social Affairs will establish buffer stock provision.

In each of these places, basic needs will be prepared in the form of quick meals, blankets, rolled tents, family kits, mattresses, folding mattresses, rice, clean water, and fuel.

"With the buffer stock (which is easily accessible) it is hoped that the food needs of the community will not be disturbed," she said.

Risma continued that to ensure the smooth provision of buffer stock, the Ministry of Social Affairs would cooperate with the Luwu Regent, the Police and the TNI military.

"Together and in coordination, the relevant agencies will determine several points with houses as places for providing buffer stock. We as humans are obliged to try," she continued.

In addition to road access, the disaster also caused damage to river channels and communication infrastructure. For this reason, the Minister of Social Affairs will coordinate with the Ministry of Public Works and Housing, and the Ministry of Communication and Information, to make improvements.

At the disaster site, the Minister of Social Affairs and her entourage went around and observed closely at the infrastructure damaged by floods and landslides. The Minister of Social Affairs also inspected the soup kitchen run by Tagana which supplies ready-to-eat food for disaster survivors. The Minister of Social Affairs also visited health posts, logistical shelters and the needs of the victims.

To the local community, the Minister of Social Affairs expressed deep condolences for the victims who died. The Minister of Social Affairs motivated families to be steadfast and sincere in accepting trials. The Minister of Social Affairs stated that the central, regional and related agencies are working to help ease the burden on the community.

"Hopefully the condition will recover soon, and people can return to their activities," Risma said.

On that occasion, Social Affairs Minister Risma also provided death benefit compensation to four heirs of the victims who died as a result of the disaster that occurred on Sunday (10/03/2021), each amounting to IDR15 million, bringing a total of IDR60 million.

The Ministry of Social Affairs has been present since the disaster occurred through Tagana, by distributing aid. From the Makassar Regional Warehouse, aid was distributed in the form of 300 packages of ready-to-eat food, 600 packages of children's food, 200 sheets of mattresses, 200 sheets of blankets, 200 packages of family kids, 200 packages of red roll tents, and one unit of rubber boat. The total value of this assistance is IDR306,036,300.

Then from the Social Service Warehouse of South Sulawesi Province in the form of 100 packages of children's food, 181 packages of ready-to-eat food, 50 packages of mattresses, 70 red rolled tents, blankets: 15 sheets, 30 mattresses, 15 packages of family kitchen utensils, 25 packages of food ware, family kits. 100 packs, kids ware 50 packs. With an assistance value of IDR138,499,123. Thus, the total assistance reaches IDR504,535,423.

Reporter : turkhan
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