Distrik Sentani, Papua, (ANTARA) - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) reached Jayapura District, Papua Province, Monday, at 1:15 p.m. local time, to re-evaluate measures taken in response to the flash flood that caused havoc in Sentani Sub-district and the adjoining areas.

After arriving at the Sentani airport, Jokowi, in the company of Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung, was received by Papua Governor Lukas Enembe, Commander of the Regional Military Command XVII/Cenderawsih Major General Yosua Pandit Sembiring, Chief of the Papua Provincial Police Inspector General Martuani Sormin, Agrarian and Spatial Minister Sofyan Djalil, and National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) Head Doni Monardo.

The head of state was updated on the situation in Sentani after the flash flooding and bore witness to the inking of agreements on rehabilitating the Cyclops mountainous area and restoring the river basin areas.

The Agrarian and Spatial Ministry, Ministry of Environmental Affairs and Forestry, Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing, National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas), Jayapura District and Municipality, Kerom District, Cendrawasih University, BNPB, Sentani Adat Council, and PT Freeport Indonesia were part of the agreements.

Jokowi and First Lady Iriana later paid a visit to the flood-affected victims, who had sought shelter in the Toware sports stadium.

The flash flooding that hit on March 16, 2019, impacted Sentani and affected the nearby areas, including the sub-districts of Waibu, West Sentani, Ravendirta, and Depapre.

A total of 112 people lost their lives, 2,287 homes incurred damages, and material losses amounting to Rp506 billion were incurred as a result of the flash flood.

Translator: Fardah Assegaf
Editor: Rahmad Nasution
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