Government urged to propose new spatial arrangements for Palu

Government urged to propose new spatial arrangements for Palu

A view of South Palu in the aftermath of deadly earthquake that occurred on Sept 28, 2018. (ANTARA/Genta Tenri Mawangi)

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Member of the Indonesian House of Representatives from the National Awakening Party (PKB) faction Abdul Kadir Karding proposed that the government must make new spatial arrangements in the disaster-affected areas in Central Sulawesi for structuring cities and areas to make them more livable.

"In the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami disasters in Sulawesi Palu, Sigi and Donggala, the government must decide which areas can be built again and which are not feasible to become dwellings," said Karding during a discussion titled, "Prevention of Disaster Relief Funds in Central Sulawesi" at the MPR / DPR / DPD Building, Jakarta, Tuesday.

Karding, who was born in Donggala Regency and went to school in Palu City, explained that the area where liquefaction took place was where the land had become loose, such as in Petobo and Balaroa in Palu City, so there would be no more residential settlements, because it was very vulnerable to disasters. "The area where liquefaction occurs should be a green open area or become a city forest," he said.

Karding also proposed that a monument be built in Petobo and Balaroa because these two locations were assumed to be mass graves of victims of natural disasters.

Karding, who was part of the entourage of President Joko Widodo when reviewing the sites affected by the disaster in Palu and Donggala, saw that there were several other areas, which had been destroyed and could no no longer be built.

Then, the area that is worthy of being built is larger, he said; so evacuation routes will also be built, and in the event of a disaster there will already be an evacuation route.

The member of the House of Representatives Commission III explained that Indonesia is a world ring of fire and is above the meeting of the earth`s plates, which could one day move. Therefore, he said, Indonesian people must be equipped with disaster knowledge.

Karding proposed that knowledge and anticipation over natural disasters should be included in the school curriculum and taught to children.

"If the Indonesian people have knowledge about natural disasters and their anticipation from a young age, then in the event of a disaster, they can be more prepared," he said.

Reporting by Riza Harahap
Editing by Eliswan