Govt vows to cover flood
victims’ medical expenses

The Jakarta administration and the central government will cover all medical expenses of Jakarta residents who were affected by flooding, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) has said.

BNPB spokesman Sutopo Puwo Nugroho said on Friday that the government would cover flood victims' medical expenses as long as they were treated at state hospitals.

Sutopo called on residents affected by the floods to examine their physical condition and to immediately report early symptoms of diseases to the nearest state hospital.

“Parents and their children will be treated for free,” he said as quoted by kompas.com.

Officials said that at least 15,423 people had taken shelter at 68 temporary shelters as of Thursday night. More than 114,000 people were affected by massive floods that inundated 73 subdistricts across the capital. (cor/swd)

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