KAI distributes aid for victims of Mount Semeru's eruption

KAI distributes aid for victims of Mount Semeru's eruption

PT Kereta Api Indonesia (Persero) delivered aid to victims of the Mount Semeru's eruption. ANTARA/HO-PT KAI/FR

KAI will continue to provide aid gradually in order to expedite the disaster recovery process within the area.
Jakarta (ANTARA) - State-run railways corporation PT Kereta Api Indonesia (Persero), or KAI, has disbursed aid to victims of Mount Semeru's eruption in Lumajang District, East Java, affected by the disaster.

KAI's EVP Corporate Secretary Asdo Artiviyanto stated that the assistance under the Social and Environmental Responsibility (TJSL) Program came in the form of three portable toilets and basic needs packages, valued at Rp60 million.

"This aid is a form of compassion by KAI to the measures to handle Mount Semeru's eruption in Lumajang District," Artiviyanto noted in his statement here on Monday.

The portable toilets were distributed in order to assist in addressing the sanitation problems faced by residents around Semeru, as many of their homes became inhabitable for some time due to the disaster, he stated.

The distributed basic needs package comprised instant noodles, diapers, corned beef, biscuits, milk, and mineral water for victims in need of them during the disaster mitigation period.

The aid distribution was conducted by KAI's official Mariyanto for Malang's Regional Disaster Mitigation Office (BPBD) in Malang City Hall, East Java, on Sunday (Dec 5).

Mariyanto explained that this was the first batch of aid that KAI had distributed. Henceforth, the aid distribution process will be conducted once more based on the needs and condition of the residents in the region.

The TJSL program is a form of compassion by State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) to handle the disaster that hit the nation and mirrors SOEs' dedication to Indonesia.

"KAI will continue to provide aid gradually in order to expedite the disaster recovery process within the area," he affirmed.

Meanwhile, train operations proceed unhindered in East Java.

The machinists have a clear line of sight, and the railways are unaffected by Mount Semeru's eruption.

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