The central government, through the BNPB, will also offer stimulus fund to residents whose houses were damaged by the flooding
Jakarta (ANTARA) - The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) has disbursed Rp3.5 billion of ready-to-use funding to mitigate impacts of the massive flooding in South Kalimantan Province.

"The central government, through the BNPB, will also offer stimulus fund to residents whose houses were damaged by the flooding," BNPB Chief Doni Monardo noted in a statement here on Monday.

The funding has been extended to the five districts of Banjar, Tanah Laut, Barito Kuala, Central Hulu Sungai, and Balangan that bore the maximum brunt of the flooding.

Each district received Rp500 million, while the South Kalimantan provincial government received Rp1 billion of funding.

Furthermore, the agency will provide stimulus fund for residents whose houses were destroyed by the floods.

Stimulus fund of Rp50 million will be provided for each severely damaged home, Rp25 million for each moderately damaged house, and Rp10 million for each house that incurred slight damage.

Monardo has urged local authorities to gather accurate data on the impact of the flood for prompt disbursal of the stimulus fund.

"Based on the president's guidance, we will provide funding for residents whose houses were damaged. The provincial and district administrations should collect data on the damaged houses," he affirmed.

Monardo has also pressed for a task force to be formed under the South Kalimantan governor's leadership to facilitate the post-disaster rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts.

"The data should be accurate by name and by address, and we can thereafter begin the rehabilitation and reconstruction program," he stated.

As of Saturday, massive flooding that submerged several parts of South Kalimantan Province over the past few days has led to the displacement of some 112,709 people.

The floods had submerged a total of 27,111 homes in the province.

The BNPB had built five evacuee tents and prepared 100 beds, one 10-meter-long folding boat, and 100 packs of fast food, food supplements, and masks for refugees.
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