Ministry of Social Affairs Ensure the Basic Needs of Earthquake Victims in Lumajang are Fulfilled
LUMAJANG (April 13, 2021) - The Ministry of Social Affairs Officials went to the locations affected by the earthquake in Lumajang Regency to ensure that the basic needs of affected residents are met.
The assistance provided by the Ministry of Social Affairs for the earthquake disaster in East Java Province, including Malang and Lumajang Regencies, has reached IDR 1,145,203,400.
Director General of Social Security and Protection, Pepen Nazaruddin, said that the Ministry of Social Affairs continues to strive to meet the basic needs of disaster victims.
"Of course, we, from the Ministry of Social Affairs, continue to strive to meet the basic needs of disaster victims, especially staple food," said Pepen at the Kaliuling Village Hall, Tempursari, Lumajang, Monday (12/4).
The staple food needs, said Pepen, were realized through public kitchen posts that prepared ready-to-eat meals and logistical assistance distributed by Tagana.
Besides, Pepen added, the Ministry of Social Affairs has also established evacuation posts in two affected districts, namely Malang and Lumajang.
"The locations chosen by the Minister of Social Affairs for the evacuation of residents affected by the earthquake are Taman Asri Village Field in Ampelgading District for Malang Regency and Kaliuling Village Field in Tempursari District for Lumajang Regency," he explained.
However, following the instructions of the Minister of Social Affairs, Tri Rismaharini, on her visit on Sunday (11/4), Pepen conveyed that the Ministry of Social Affairs will add refugee posts at several other points.
"Furthermore, we will add evacuation posts at other points around other affected locations," he said.
According to him, the addition of evacuation tents was intended to reach residents with locations that were severely affected but far away and did not want to evacuate to the main post because they were reluctant to leave their debris and belongings outside their homes.
"On average, people are still living in the vicinity of their homes because they guard the building materials, along with all the household furniture that are still scattered in the yard. The case is someone has fled to the shelter or not, at least we have prepared tents that are ready to be occupied at any time when people need it," he explained.