Govt preparing steps to face floods, landslides

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The government held a coordination meeting on Friday to discuss anticipatory steps to be taken in the face of possible floods and landslides as the rainy season approaches in the country.

"We held a coordination meeting to ensure that all relevant parities remain in a state of readiness in the face of landslides and flood disasters," Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture, Puan Maharani, said here on Friday.

The meeting was also attended by Health Minister Nila F Moeloek, Head of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) Willem Rampangilei and a number of officials/representatives of ministries and other state institutions.

The meeting also discussed the measures taken to familiarize people and educate them about handling natural disasters.

Other issues discussed in the meeting included the availability of flood and landslides related equipment; operations and logistical supports offered by the emergency command posts; and other matters in which steps are still to be taken by the relevant parties.

Based on a presidential instruction on flood and landslide disaster, each of the ministries/ state institutions and the relevant regional governments now know of their duties, beginning from prevention, disaster handling and post disaster restoration.

"However, prevention is more important when it comes to handling floods and landslides, and must be made a part of the planned and systematic effort," he added.(*)