Jakarta (ANTARA) - Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture Muhadjir Effendy has said that post-earthquake handling measures in Cianjur district, West Java, have continued to be accelerated simultaneously.

"Currently, the rehabilitation and reconstruction stages have been discussed because the handling is carried out simultaneously, starting from the emergency response stage to rehabilitation and reconstruction preparations," he informed after a ministerial coordination meeting on emergency handling after the Cianjur earthquake, which was followed online on Thursday.

According to Effendy, rehabilitation and reconstruction preparations are being carried out in accordance with President Joko Widodo's directions so that the handling of the Cianjur earthquake is carried out in parallel and simultaneously.

"Later, the rehabilitation and reconstruction stages do not need to wait for the completion of the overall disaster response stage," he said.

That step has been taken in a bid to make post-earthquake handling efforts effective, he added.

He further said that currently, the government is collecting data on houses that were damaged by the 5.6-magnitude earthquake that hit Cianjur district on November 21, 2022.

He added that according to data from the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), as of November 30, as many as 17,864 damaged houses have been verified.

"The damaged houses that have been verified are 17,864 houses from all categories: severe damage, moderate damage, and light damage, including 190 places of worship, 14 health facilities, 511 education facilities, 17 office buildings, and 2 bridges," he expounded.

The minister informed that in the first phase, 8,341 houses will be reconstructed.

He also said that his ministry has inspected several affected areas, including Sarampad village in the Cugenang sub-district.

Based on the inspection, he assured that residents had received logistics assistance such as staple goods packages, family hygiene packages, family tents, blankets, and mattresses for sleeping.

Effendy added that his ministry also checked several residential buildings that were severely damaged, including schools, mosques, and Islamic schools (madrasas).

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Editor: Azis Kurmala
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