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Jakarta Post

Govt promises enough funds, logistics for disaster relief in 2008

  • Andi Hajramurni and Nurni Sulaiman

    The Jakarta Post

Makassar, Samarinda   /   Thu, November 13 2008   /  10:38 am

The government said Wednesday it had sufficient funds and logistics to handle natural disasters until the end of the year, as regions begin to feel the impacts of a series of floods in the past week. "We still have enough disaster relief funds for this year, but I forget the exact figure because there are various posts or budgets that can be used for disaster funds," Social Services Minister Bachtiar Chamsah said, adding that there was "no need to worry". Bachtiar was in Makassar to open the ministry's national meeting to discuss budgeting and the ministry's work and social welfare development plans. "We have allocated some Rp 500 billion (US$44 million) for disaster relief in the 2009 state budget," he said. "Food stocks are available at logistics warehouses in each region. "The supplies can be readily distribu...