Makassar (ANTARA) - Minister of Social Affairs, Tri Rismaharini, has praised the solidarity shown by all parties in handling the flood and landslide in Luwu District, South Sulawesi Province.

While inspecting a number of locations in Pajang Village, Latimojong Sub-district, on Friday, the minister said that though the terrain is quite difficult to reach, the emergency response to the disasters has proceeded well.

"The location is very difficult (to reach), but all (parties) are very united. Actually, the terrain is quite tough. I have been to disaster areas several times, this is one of the most difficult," she expounded in a statement issued here on Friday.

She asked residents to not worry about scarcity of food and other necessities because aid for people affected by the flood and landslide is continuing to flow in from various groups.

"No need to be afraid of hunger. Later, mineral water will even be transported by helicopter. We are preparing this," she informed.

"So, the governor and the regent are still mapping the locations of the areas where residents live," she added.

The minister also expressed her gratitude to the South Sulawesi provincial government, army, police, and all parties who have made efforts to help communities affected by the natural disasters.

"If there is no assistance from the regional police, army, and governor, we will have difficulty evacuating residents," she said.

"Therefore, the Ministry of Social Affairs and the central government express our appreciation and thanks to the army and police for helping alleviate the suffering of citizens and also assisting our duties in the ministry," she added.

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