Wednesday, 19 January 2022 | 18:40 WIB

Social Affairs Ministry Sends Aid worth IDR1.7 Billion to West Sulawesi

Social Affairs Ministry Sends Aid worth IDR1.7 Billion to West Sulawesi (kemsos)

MAMUJU, NETRALNEWS.COM - The Indonesian Ministry of Social Affairs has distributed aid amounting to IDR1.7 billion for earthquake survivors in West Sulawesi. The aid was sent by the Indonesian Air Force Hercules aircraft from Halim Perdana Kusuma Airport, in Jakarta, on Friday (01/15/2021).

Director of Social Protection for Natural Disaster Victims of the Ministry of Social Affairs M Safii Nasution directly escorted the aid by taking a Hercules plane. Earlier, Social Affairs Minister Tri Rismaharini and the Head of BNPB had also left for West Sulawesi.

Safii explained that the aid comprised of central emergency response logistical assistance worth IDR979,819,710, and logistics assistance for eastern regional warehouses worth IDR621,911,700.

There is also compensation for the eight identified earthquake victims who died of IDR120 million, with each heir receiving IDR15 million. Furthermore, all the heirs of the victims of the earthquake disaster who died will be given compensation with the same value.

"This aid is in the form of ready-to-eat food, children's meals, roll tents, mattresses, family equipment, multipurpose tents, as well as other necessities," eSafii Nasution said in West Sulawesi this afternoon.

Details of the assistance submitted by the Ministry of Social Affairs included 2,500 packets of ready-to-eat food, 1,200 packages of children's food, 500 roll tents, 1,000 mattresses, 700 blankets, 200 kitchen utensils, 10 multipurpose tents, 500 packages of kids ware, 500 packages of food ware 40 units of velbeds, 370 mattresses, 30 packages of clothing, and 20 packages of Tagana equipment.

The Ministry of Social Affairs also deployed 50 Disaster Preparedness Cadets (Tagana) from South Sulawesi, and 19 from Central Sulawesi to help local Tagana open public kitchens and provide Psychosocial Support Services (LDP).

"Since the disaster occurred, we, through Tagana, have coordinated with the Social Services Office in the earthquake-affected areas on handling activities and observing the current situation," said Safii.

Meanwhile, the Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) of Majene Regency reported that eight of its residents had died, and more than 600 were injured. The local BPBD continues to make emergency handling efforts, and updates the impact data after the M-6.2 earthquake that occurred on Friday (01/15/2021) at 01.28 local time.

Data from the BNPB Operations Control Center recorded that around 637 residents were injured and 15,000 others were displaced in Majene Regency, West Sulawesi Province. The local BPBD continues to collect data and conduct rapid assessments in the field.

Moreover, the damage to buildings in this regency includes 62 damaged houses, one health center unit that is severely damaged, one Maluda military office and military camp damaged, power outages, unstable cellular communications, and three landslides along the Majene-Mamuju axis road.

In addition, in Mamuju Regency, the local BPBD informed that heavy damage included Maleo Hotel, West Sulawesi Governor's office, and a mini market. Electricity and cellular communication networks are also disrupted in the Mamuju area. The damage to residents' houses and casualties is still being assessed.