Jayapura (ANTARA) - The Social Affairs Ministry will install a clean water network or water treatment facility for locations that were flooded in Jayapura, the capital of Papua Province.

"A clean water network or water treatment facility will be installed. If there is a flood, then the problem (that arises) is definitely (the lack of) clean water," Social Minister Tri Rismaharini noted at a press conference at the Waringin Sports Center in Jayapura on Thursday.

The minister remarked that the clean water network will aid in processing water into ready-to-drink water.

The minister stated that a safe location had to be selected to build it.

To install this network, the ministry is collaborating with the Jayapura city government.

Apart from building a water treatment facility, the ministry also spoke of readying a "social warehouse" to store and distribute aid for residents affected by the flood.

The assistance to be distributed during Rismaharini's visit to Jayapura totals Rp1,390,539,388 comprising disaster logistics assistance, compensation for the heirs of seven victims, 500 packages of basic necessities, 500 packages of cleaning tools, 500 packages of school equipment, 500 sheets of sarongs, 50 packs of baby supplies, and natural materials.

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Floods that hit four of the five districts in Jayapura City affected as many as 8,268 residents.

Head of the Jayapura City Natural Disaster Emergency Response Team, Rustan Saru, noted that most residents opted to not evacuate and stayed in their homes out of fear of their belongings being looted.

However, residents whose houses were severely damaged, thereby making them uninhabitable, opted to evacuate since Sunday evening, January 9.

The Coordinating Ministry for Human Development and Culture noted that eight people died due to the floods and landslides that struck on Thursday, January 6, in Jayapura, Papua.

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Translator: Devi N S R, Mecca Yumna
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