Social Affairs MInister Visits Two Flooded Villages in Gorontalo Regency

Thursday, 30-September-2021 09:00

Indonesian Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini visits two flooded villages in Gorontalo Regency.
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Indonesian Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini visits two flooded villages in Gorontalo Regency.

GORONTALO, NETRALNEWS.COM - Indonesian Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini has expressed hope and prayers for the people affected by flood and landslide in Gorontalo Regency. To the survivors, both adults and children, the Minister of Social Affairs hopes that the condition will recover soon and they can return to their normal activities.

Arriving at the location of the natural disaster in Kayubulan Village, Limboto District, and Buhu Village, Telaga Jaya District, the Minister of Social Affairs walked along the roads that were still flooded with water in a rubber boat. In some locations, the flood still reached up to two meters in some locations when the Social Affairs Minister visited.

Tri Rismaharini, also known as Risma, greeted the residents who were still in their house one by one. With the help that was brought along, the Minister of Social Affairs distributed them directly to the residents.

The Minister of Social Affairs, who was accompanied by the Secretary General of the Ministry of Social Affairs, Harry Hikmat, and members of Commission VIII of the House of Representatives Idah Syahidah Rusli Habibie, DPD member from Gorontalo Rahmijati Jahja, and the Regent of Gorontalo Nelson Pomalingo, moved to ensure that disaster-affected communities received assistance.

While inspecting the disaster area, the Minister of Social Affairs payed attention to and studies the geographical contours around the flood location to identify the root of the problem of flooding in the two villages. The Minister of Social Affairs receives report from her staff every year in charge of dealing with the impact of floods in this area.

The Minister of Social Affairs immediately got an answer as to why the area was prone to flooding.

"I see that this area was part of the lake that is used as housing area. There must be a difference in height because this is a basin area," said Social Affairs Minister Risma, on Wednesday (09/29/2021).

After identifying the root of the problem, the Minister of Social Affairs gave input to the Regent, Nelson Pomalingo, to build a dike. The construction of the embankment is expected to be a permanent solution to flooding.

On this occasion, the Minister of Social Affairs and her entourage also greeted and motivated the children who received Psychosocial Support Services (LDP). The Minister of Social Affairs advised that the children in the disaster camps should remain enthusiastic and not give up even though they are often affected by floods.

"Even though it's flooded, even though it's difficult, you still have to be enthusiastic about learning. Let's be successful," said the Minister of Social Affairs to the children.

The children who were enthusiastic about the Minister of Social's arrival prayed that the Social Minister would live a long and healthy life. "Thank you very much ma'am, stay healthy and live long," said one of the children at the camp. On that occasion, in Kayubulan Village, the Minister of Social Affairs distributed assistance in the form of 168 red rolled tents, 117 red mattresses, 26 red mattresses, and red blankets. 30 pieces, 45 packages of family kits, 22 packages of kids wear, 30 packages of food ware and 30 packages of family kitchen utensils.

Meanwhile, the assistance in Buhu Village, Talagajaya District consisted of 200 packages of ready-to-eat food, 20 packages of children's food (biscuits), 85 packages of family kit, 26 packages of food ware, 21 packages of kids ware, 162 red mattresses, 88 red rolled tents, blankets. red 85 sheets, 27 packs of family kitchen tools and 22 red mattresses. The total assistance for the two locations reached IDR270,975,896.

The flood disaster caused by the overflow of Lake Limboto resulted in 361 families (1154 people) being affected by flooding in Kayu Bulan Village, while in Buhu Village there are 74 families (255 people).

Social Affairs Minister Risma revealed that the Ministry of Social Affairs, through the Disaster Preparedness Team (Tagana) of Gorontalo Province, had been present for almost two weeks at the flood location. Tagana Gorontalo helped record the importance of flooding, channeled logistical needs, and established a public kitchen since Friday (9/24/2021).

From public kitchens, 17,350 food packages were distributed to several villages affected by the disaster. Not only that, the Ministry of Social Affairs has also established a refugee post in Buhu village, Telaga Jaya sub-district and provides psychosocial support services for disaster-affected children in the evacuation post.

Kayu Bulan Village and Buhu Village, which are known as fishing villages, have become flooded. Most recently, flooding has occurred in the area since Friday (09/24/2021) due to high rainfall and cause Lake Limboto to overflow.

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