Residents in Palu to be relocated to safer regions

Residents in Palu to be relocated to safer regions

Al Amin mosque is still standing while other buildings were destroyed by a deadly earthquake and a subsequent tsunami that hit Wani, Donggala, Central Sulawesi, on Sept 28, 2018. . ANTARA FOTO/Wahyu Putro A/foc/18.

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Indonesian government has made a master plan for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of earthquake-tsunami torn Palu in which it will establish new resettlement to relocate its residents in a number of safer areas around Palu City, Central Sulawesi.

"The areas that have liquefaction will be avoided, there should be no more buildings there. The Palu-Koro area located above the fault should be avoided," said Minister of Agrarian and Spatial Planning (ATR) / Head of the National Land Agency (BPN) Sofyan Djalil after attending a plenary cabinet meeting that discussed natural disaster management evaluation at the State Palace on Tuesday.

President Joko Widodo chaired the meeting for two hours.

Sofyan Djalil said a number of ministries and institutions, namely the Ministry of ATR, Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing, and the Geological Agency of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources will further study the relocation of several residential areas in Palu City. It will be coordinated by the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas).

In addition, Djalil said the BPN will also collect data on residents` land in Palu. "If the area can no longer be inhabited, its residents will be moved," the minister said.

Thousands of earthquake victims in a number of areas in Central Sulawesi Province still are still staying in tents and temporary shelters.

The government plans to build new areas to avoid dangerous regions after the disaster devastated Palu.

Reporting by Bayu Prasetyo
Editing Andi Abdussalam