Mitigation must be strengthened to face disasters: minister

Mitigation must be strengthened to face disasters: minister

The Social Affairs Ministry provided assistance to residents in Sekadau district, West Kalimantan, on Wednesday (November 3, 2021). (ANTARA/HO-Gansi)

Jakarta (ANTARA) - Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini has said the mitigation program must be strengthened for facing the disasters, both geological and hydro-meteorological, that have recently hit a number of regions in Indonesia.

To anticipate disasters, strengthening mitigation programs as well as recognizing the threat of disasters in each region is needed, she noted here on Friday.

“Actually, what we have to strengthen is mitigation, which is before a disaster occurs. All regions must recognize the threat in their area," she said.

Disaster mitigation should be optimized to reduce the impact of disasters, she added.

For example, the earthquake that occurred in the Seram Sea, Central Maluku, on Thursday (November 4, 2021), was predicted to cause landslides and submerge villages on the island as per information conveyed by the head of the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysical Agency (BMKG) Dwikorita Karnawati, the minister said.

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She said she will ask the local government to take mitigation measures by moving the residents from the area.

Mitigation should be conducted in Trunyan, Bali, since there are five to eight areas there that will be isolated and would not survive if a flash flood occurs, she said.

She affirmed that her ministry will set up 'social barns' to anticipate disasters. Social barns have so far been prepared in Pacitan District, East Java, North Luwu, North Sulawesi, and West Kalimantan, she said.

The social barns are equipped with water purifiers, food reserves, tents, and rubber boats for evacuation facilities, Rismaharini informed.

"Actually, if we truly understand the location, it will be very easy to anticipate," she remarked.

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