Sumatra earthquake: Minister orders restoration of road access
Simpang Empat, W Sumatra (ANTARA) – Coordinating Minister of Human Development and Culture Muhadjir Effendy has ordered the army to clear the road from Simpang Empat to Talu in West Pasaman, West Sumatra, which was buried following landslides on Monday evening.
“I requested the help of the combat engineering detachment (Indonesian army) to use heavy equipment to manage the (debris from) landslides and create an emergency route,” Effendy said. during a visit Thursday to an earthquake-affected location in West Pasaman. .
Debris from the landslide has blocked access to the Rimbo Kejahatan Kajai road and restoring access to the road without delay is crucial for the distribution of aid to earthquake victims, he said. Explain.
While inspecting the homes of earthquake victims, Effendy also noted the lack of toilets or washing facilities for evacuees.
“I noticed that there were not enough toilets, and I contacted the general secretariat of the Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing to make them available,” he said. .
The central government continues to ensure that the needs of earthquake victims in West Pasaman are met, he said.
According to the minister, the government is focusing on four groups for its earthquake mitigation and management efforts: people who died in the earthquake, people missing, people injured and people who had to be evacuated from their homes. residence.
Meanwhile, among the group of evacuees, the elderly, women, pregnant women and children are given priority, he said.
During Thursday’s visit, Effendy also handed over monetary aid and logistical supplies to those affected by the natural disaster.
He visited evacuation shelters and met earthquake-affected residents in West Pasaman. He was accompanied by West Sumatra Governor Mahyeldi, West Pasaman Deputy District Chief Risnawanto and other officials during the visit.
On behalf of the central government, Effendy expressed his gratitude to local officials for working hard and acting quickly to deal with the disaster.
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