Rp50 million government allocation set to repair Lombok`s quake-affected houses

Rp50 million government allocation set to repair Lombok`s quake-affected houses

President Joko Widodo (center) accompanied by the Governor of West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) TGB Zainul Majdi (second left) dialogue with children victims of the earthquake in Madayin Village, Sambelia District, Selong, East Lombok, Monday (30/7/2018). (ANTARA PHOTO/Ahmad Subaidi/aww.)

Dompu, NTB (ANTARA News) - The Indonesian government will provide Rp50 million aid for repairing each heavily damaged house due to the 6.4-magnitude earthquake that rocked East Lombok, President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) stated.

"We hope the Rp50 million allocation for rehabilitating each heavily damaged house will have been materialized this week," the president noted on the sidelines of the inauguration of Tanju Dam in Tanju Village, Manggelewa District, Dompu District, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) Province, on Monday.

Jokowi said that while visiting the quake victims in East Lombok, he had spoke to those keen on rebuilding their damaged houses.

The president also explained that the local government is currently verifying the damage caused to the houses, and it is hoped that the aid will be distributed to the community immediately.

"The provincial governor will announce the total amount of everything (damages), and the aid will be allocated in the form of cash to let the residents build their damaged houses on their own," Jokowi explained.

Moreover, around 500 domestic and foreign climbers are still trapped in Segara Anak Lake of Mount Rinjani in Lombok island, NTB, due to the earthquake.

A powerful 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck the popular tourist island of Lombok on Sunday, killing 16 people and sending villagers fleeing from their beds into open fields to avoid collapsing buildings.

The quake rocked the island early in the morning when many people were still asleep.

On Sunday evening, the president led a limited cabinet meeting to discuss ways to handle the impact of the 6.4-magnitude earthquake that rattled the islands of Lombok and Sumbawa in NTB Province earlier in the day.

The meeting was held shortly after the president arrived at the Sultan Muhammad Kaharuddin Airport in Sumbawa Besar District, Bey Machmudin, the presidential secretariat`s deputy for protocol, press, and media affairs, noted in a statement.

Reported by Joko Susilo
Edited by Bustanudin, Yoseph Haryadi