Jakarta (ANTARA) - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and First Lady Iriana visited and spoke with the flood-affected victims seeking refuge at the Toware sports stadium in Waibu Sub-district, Jayapura District, Papua Province, on Monday.

Jokowi informed the evacuees that the Papua administration will take a decision on an area to relocate the flood victims.

"On completion of the land acquisition process and after a decision is made, we will start with the work of building houses," Jokowi affirmed.

The head of state highlighted the need for certainty of the area for relocation to ensure immediate construction of the houses.

After having met with the displaced people, Jokowi paid a visit to Kemiri Village in Hinekombe Sub-district wrecked by flooding and landslide. On March 16, 2019, major flooding hit Sentani and several other sub-districts in Jayapura District, claiming at least 112 lives and rendering 94 others missing.

The natural disasters caused serious injuries to 107 people and minor injuries to 808 others.

A total of 374 homes, four bridges, five places of worship, eight school buildings, 104 home-cum-shops, and a traditional market incurred damage. Furthermore, the total number of people displaced by the natural disasters reached 11,556.

The Papua provincial government has declared an emergency response period between March 16 and March 29, 2019.

The government has deployed a joint team comprising military and police personnel, among others, to conduct search and rescue operations for the victims of the floods in Jayapura. Tens of non-governmental organizations also volunteered in assisting with the rescue operations.

Translator: Bayu Prasetyo, Fardah
Editor: Rahmad Nasution
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