Minister provides Rp1.34 billion to help landslide victims in Ponorogo

Ponorogo, E Java (ANTARA News) - Social Affairs Minister Khofifah Indar Parawansa has provided aid worth Rp1.34 billion to help victims of a landslide that hit Ponorogo District, East Java Province, on Saturday morning.

Minister Khofifah visited the victims and cecked a public kitchen set up to feed villagers displaced by the natural disaster, on Sunday morning.

According to data from an emergency command post, 28 people were missing and feared buried, three survived, and 32 homes were buried.

At least 17 people were injured and rushed to a local health center following the landslide.

Of Rp1.34 billion, Rp420 million would be used to compensate families who lost relatives due to the landslide. Meanwhile, each injured victim would receive Rp5 million.

Incessant downpour since Friday evening triggered the landslide which occurred in Banaran village, Pulung Sub-district, Ponorogo District, on Saturday at around 6 a.m. local time.

The landslide hit when most of the people were harvesting ginger in the fields and other were still in their houses.

Search and rescue efforts are going on to find more victims. (*)

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