Jokowi visits Cugenang Sub-district as most impacted by quake

Jokowi visits Cugenang Sub-district as most impacted by quake

President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) visited refugees of the Cianjur earthquake at the Sukamaju 02 elementary school in Cugenang Sub-district, Cianjur District, West Java, Thursday, November 24, 2022. (ANTARA/HO-Presidential Secretariat Press Bureau/rst)

Cianjur, West Java (ANTARA) - Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) visited Cugenang Sub-district that was the area most affected by the 5.6-magnitude earthquake in Cianjur District, West Java, Thursday.

"I came here because this sub-district was the epicenter," he noted in Cugenang Sub-district, Cianjur District, Thursday.

According to the president, the area was the worst affected, with several houses having collapsed and many victims having lost their lives due to the earthquake.

"The most important aspect is that after the evacuation is complete, the distribution of aid can reach all locations. The next round then will be renovation for houses with heavy, moderate, and light damage," he remarked.

The government decided to offer assistance of Rp50 million to residents whose houses were heavily damaged, Rp25 million for those with moderately damaged houses, and Rp10 million for people whose houses had incurred light damage.

The president said the aid would encompass several schemes. Some will be built by the Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) Ministry and the Indonesian Defense Forces (TNI) in order to speed up the process and not be fixated on one scheme.

President Jokowi was greeted happily by the residents, who had taken refuge at the Sukamulya 02 Elementary post. The president also provided assistance of several basic needs to refugees.

The head of state also visited the social post for trauma recovery, where he was entertained by children, who sang several songs and provided food assistance.

Earlier, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) noted that the death toll from the earthquake in Cianjur District, West Java, on Wednesday, had increased to 271 after the figure was reported at 268 on the previous day.

According to the BMKG report, the earthquake struck at 13:21 local time on November 21, 2022. The earthquake was centered 10 km southwest of Cianjur District at depth of 10 km. The earthquake had no potential to trigger a tsunami.

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