Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Social Affairs Ministry will ready a social warehouse in Jayapura City, Papua, which will house relief stocks to later be distributed to the natural disaster victims.

"Later, a social warehouse will be readied in Jayapura," Social Affairs Minister Tri Rismaharini delivered the statement at a press conference at the Waringin Sports Center here on Thursday.

Rismaharini spoke of the ministry collaborating with the Jayapura city government to ready the warehouse.

The warehouse will be used to stock the logistical assistance provided by the Social Affairs Ministry for disaster victims.

The minister affirmed that social assistance for the affected residents in Jayapura was, among other things, sent from the ministry's warehouse in Bekasi, West Java. The aid was sent twice, as there was so much of it.

Rismaharini opined that the social warehouse is aimed to facilitate the management and distribution of government aid for disaster victims in Jayapura City.

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In future, several other social warehouses will be built in Sentani, Jayapura District, and Timika, Mimika District, owing to access to those places being difficult, according to the minister.

During her visit to Jayapura, Rismaharini allocated assistance to the victims of floods and landslides. She provided assistance worth Rp15 million for each of the seven heirs of the people, who lost their lives.

Additionally, Rismaharini provided assistance of Rp5 million to each of the three survivors, with serious injuries.

The assistance to be distributed during her visit to Jayapura totaled Rp1,390,539,388.

The minister's visit will conclude with an observation of the public kitchens, refugee camps, and psychosocial support services at the Jayapura Center for Social Welfare Education and Training (BBPPKS).

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Translator: Devi N S R, Mecca Yumna
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