Jakarta (ANTARA) - The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) expressed its readiness to repair houses damaged by earthquakes on Bawean Island, Gresik District, East Java Province, for the safety and comfort of victims.

Head of the BNPB Disaster Data, Information, and Communication Center, Abdul Muhari, noted in a statement from his office on Monday that the house repair budget would be borne by the government.

The BNPB classifies the amount of house repair costs starting from Rp60 million (around US$3.8) for heavily damaged houses, Rp30 million for moderate damage, and Rp15 million for light damage.

“For those who still have savings, they can fix it themselves. The budget can be reimbursed later to the government," Muhari stated.

He highlighted that BNPB Head Suharyanto would thoroughly discuss the cost distribution mechanism at a coordination meeting to accelerate post-disaster handling with the East Java governor and head of the Bawean Island government this Monday.

Muhari remarked that the central and regional governments would push for every effort to accelerate the house repair work for affected residents.

He noted that the impact of damage on Bawean Island was the most severe as compared to other areas, as it is located near the epicenter of a shallow earthquake registered as M 6.5 on March 22.

"The government will not remain silent," he stressed while emphasizing that currently, the East Java Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) is still updating data on damaged houses of the Bawean Island residents.

On Sunday (March 24), his team also distributed additional aid in the form of hundreds of food packages, beds, tents, blankets, power generators, children's and women's wear, and diapers.

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Translator: M. Riezko Bima EP, Resinta Sulistiyandari
Editor: Tia Mutiasari
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