Indonesian Minister to visit hailstorm-hit district in Papua

Indonesian Minister to visit hailstorm-hit district in Papua

Khofifah Indar Parawansa. (ANTARA/Sigid Kurniawan)

I will ensure that the stock of logistics is sufficient until October."
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Social Affairs Minister Khofifah Indar Parawansa will visit the hailstorm-hit Lani Jaya District in Papua in a bid to ensure the adequacy of food supplies until October this year.

"I will visit Lani Jaya District tomorrow, as it has the highest number of residents affected by the hailstorms. Some five thousand people affected by the hailstorms live in this district, so I will ensure that the stock of logistics is sufficient until October," the minister noted here on Tuesday.

The temperature in the hailstorm-hit area reportedly reached between 0 and -2 degrees Celsius that resulted in the deaths of several cattle and 11 people.

The hailstorms occurred in Lani Jaya on July 3 to 5, 2015.

Earlier, a team of the social affairs ministry handed over assistance for the victims of hailstorms in Papua Province.

The aid comprised 15 tons of rice, 300 blankets, 600 boxes of instant noodles, 600 packs of side dish, and 600 others for Duga and Lani Jaya districts.

Hailstorms also hit the districts of Nduga and Puncak in Papua Province and caused a failure in the paddy harvest.

The natural disaster affected six sub-districts and 21 kampongs in three districts, with a total population of 20,160 families.

The residents living in regions located at 2.7 thousand meters above sea level are in need of food and medicines, including for infants.

(Reported by Desi Purnamawati/Uu.B003/INE/KR-BSR)

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