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Social Affairs Ministry Delivers Compensation to Survivors of Malang Earthquake

Social Affairs Ministry Delivers Compensation to Survivors of Malang Earthquake (kemsos)

MALANG, NETRALNEWS.COM - The Indonesian Ministry of Social Affairs has distributed death compensation to eight people who died from an earthquake 6.1-magnitude in Malang and its surrounding areas. Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini said the compensation was delivered to the heirs of five people who died in Lumajang Regency, and three people who died in Malang Regency.

"It has been delivered, to five people in Lumajang Regency and three people here (in Malang Regency)," the Minister of Social Affairs said when observing the condition of Madrasah Aliyah Negeri (MAN) 2 Turen Malang, on Sunday (04/11/2021) in Lumajang Regency.

The Social Affairs Minister was present in Malang and Lumajang to accompany Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture Muhadjir Effendy. The presence of the Minister of Social Affairs was to ensure that the earthquake victims receive immediate treatment and get their basic needs met.

The value of compensation for the dead victims is IDR15 million/person. Thus, for eight people, the total value of compensation is IDR120,000,000. 

In addition, the Ministry of Social Affairs has also distributed logistical assistance to the two regions. The logistical assistance for earthquake emergency response in Pronojiwo Subdistrict, Lumajang Regency, includes Velbet, Sheet Mat, Umbrella Tent, Red Family Multipurpose Tent, Red Roll Tents, and Red Mattresses. The value of the assistance is IDR343,511,510.

Then also logistical assistance for the earthquake emergency response in Malang Regency in the form of sheet mattresses, kidswear, food ware, ready-to-eat food, children's food, red blankets, and red mattresses, totaling IDR105,074,490.

This aid has not been counted from the assistance of three trucks that had already been dispatched. To all related parties, the Minister of Social Affairs encourages that the aid is distributed well to the people affected by the disaster.

"Hopefully this assistance will ease some of the burdens of the people. I am on behalf of the government to express my deep sorrow. Hopefully you can be patient. And this trial will end soon and we can do our usual activities," said the Minister of Social Affairs, accompanied by the Director General of Social Security Pepen Nazaruddin.

The Ministry of Social Affairs also provides social protection and services to vulnerable groups. The Minister of Social Affairs met a pregnant woman in Lumajang who was about to give birth, and instructed her to get treatment immediately. Also the elderly obtained safer temporary evacuation sites.

For refugee posts, the Minister of Social Affairs said that currently there are 13 locations. In accordance with the direction of the Coordinating Minister for Human Development, the locations will be combined into only two locations. One of the reasons is because of security.

Risma explained that 428 houses were relocated to safe areas, since the houses were near an area with a sharp slope.

According to the Social Affairs Minister, it is dangerous to live in that location. If an aftershock occurs, it is feared that it will cause damage and injure the occupants of the house.

"So we have prepared a good place in the field and we have set up a public kitchen there. One of the refugee posts has been prepared at Taman Asri Stadium, Malang," she said.

Meanwhile, during a visit to the disaster site in Kaliuling Village, Tempursari District, Lumajang Regency, on Sunday morning, the Minister of Social Affairs asked Lumajang Regent H. Thoriqul Haq to evacuate residents who were still holding up in damaged houses and on cliffs.

"Better to be outside than indoors. The cliff is not possible to be occupied, as there are worries of aftershocks," Risma said.

Risma also asked to immediately set up a public kitchen and evacuation tents for the residents affected by the earthquake. In addition, she asked for data collection on residents to make it easier in terms of distribution of aid so that the aid can reach the affected residents.