Jakarta (ANTARA) - The development of residential areas for the relocation of disaster-affected people will be based on the Smart Village concept, which aims to facilitate residents' daily lives, Vice President Ma'ruf Amin has said.

"The Smart Village will be an integrated village for relocation in an effort to accommodate residents whose lives have been affected by the disaster," Amin said during a dialogue with residents affected by the eruption of Mount Semeru in Sumber Mujur Village, Candipuro Sub-district, Lumajang District, East Java Province, on Friday.

The Smart Village concept entails the provision of several public facilities to develop economic activities for the benefit of the local community, he added.

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"So, everything is equipped, there will be a market, health facilities, open public spaces, schools, and sports venues. The Smart Village is also occupied with integrated cages for the resident's livestock, which is cows. The government will provide the cows as well," he elaborated.

Regarding the application of the Smart Village concept for temporary housing for residents affected by the eruption of Mount Semeru, the Vice President said that the construction was ideal for the community.

"I see the gap between house to house is quite wide, six to eight meters. This is an ideal village, a Smart Village," Amin noted.

The Smart Village concept could serve as a model for relocation villages for disaster-affected communities in various regions, he added.

Developments based on the Smart Village concept will also consider the risk of the impact of natural disasters at the location, the Vice President said.

He then asked the related stakeholders to arrange river flow paths due to the post-eruption cold lava for temporary housing (huntara) and permanent housing (huntap) for the victims of Mount Semeru eruption.

"That river flow paths need to be maintained and normalized. Do not let the path spread to residential areas to avoid cold lava floods," he emphasized.

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