Bandung, West Java (ANTARA) - The West Java authorities are carrying out a disaster response to help residents affected by the whirlwind that struck some parts of Bandung and Sumedang districts on February 21.

West Java Acting Governor Bey Machmudin stated that the Sumedang district government is ready to disburse its contingency expenses to compensate residents whose houses were damaged by the storm.

"Meanwhile, for the damaged factories and warehouses, the district head will discuss the matter with Apindo (the Indonesian Employers Association) and the 14 affected companies," he said in a statement from his office on Friday.

The local authority will declare the emergency response status to bolster the disaster response in the district, he remarked, adding that he had received a disaster response report from the Sumedang district head.

According to the report, the local authority will not disburse the medical costs of residents who suffered minor injuries since they have returned home after being treated.

However, affected residents who require in-patient treatment at hospitals will have their medical costs covered by the authority.

West Java's Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) reported that five sub-districts in the districts of Bandung and Sumedang were affected by the February 21 whirlwind incident.

The five sub-districts are Jatinangor and Cimanggung in Sumedang, and Cileunyi, Rancaekek, and Cicalengka in Bandung.

The agency reported that 18 factories and shops and 503 houses sustained minor to severe damages in Bandung, while 13 factories and 10 houses sustained moderate damages in Sumedang.

According to the agency report, the incident caused injuries to 21 people and affected 422 families in Bandung. Meanwhile, 12 people were injured, and 413 families were affected by the whirlwind in Sumedang.

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