MASAMBA, NETRALNEWS.COM - The Indonesian government, through the Ministry of Social Affairs, ensures that all the needs of people affected by the flash flood in Masamba, North Luwu Regency, are met. For this reason, Minister of Social Affairs Juliari P Batubara asked the regent to ascertain any urgent needs for the community.
"Ladies and gentlemen, there is no need to doubt President Jokowi's commitment in creating a country to help people in every disaster such as in North Luwu. The Regent does not need to hesitate if they need additional assistance from us. We are ready to provide more," said the Minister as he handed over compensation for the dead victims in the North Luwu Regent's office, Friday (7/17/2020).
The most basic refugee needs at this time, said Ari, is food and clean water. For this reason, he ensured that the public kitchen operated by the Disaster Preparedness Team (Tagana) personnel would not stop cooking food for the refugees.
"I ordered Tagana to cook optimally. The public kitchen that I reviewed is certain to continue serving food supplies," he added.
The assistance provided by the Ministry of Social Affairs to date reaches IDR2 billion. The amount consists of logistical assistance, cleaning equipment and compensation for the victims died. It is said the Social Minister of assistance will increase the aid as there are still victims who have not been found.
"We make sure that all victims die can be compensated. Until now, compensation has been given to families of 23 people killed in the flash flood. We can add this," he said.
The visit of the Minister of Social Affairs to North Luwu district was accompanied by Director General of Social Protection and Social Security Pepen Nazaruddin and Director of Social Protection for Natural Disasters Victims Safii Nasution.
Based on data from the Regional Disaster Management Agency, the search and rescue team has so far recovered 32 bodies, while 16 people are still missing.
In addition to providing material assistance, the Ministry of Social Affairs also deployed a Psychosocial Support Services (LDP) team to recover the trauma of refugees, especially children.
This service is one of the facilities for children who are displaced so as not to shake their souls or experience stress. This psychosocial recovery has been carried out since the first day of the flood.