At least 72 villages in East Sumba regency in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) are facing a severe food crisis that has prompted the central government to send bags of rice.
Existing food supplies are sufficient for just another two weeks based on the current rate of consumption.
Deputy NTT Governor Esthon Foenay said in Kupang on Saturday that he had urged East Sumba Regent Gidion Mbilijora to distribute about 100 tons of rice provided by the central government to the people affected by the food crisis in his area.
“The food crisis is so severe that it is not wrong to use the existing food supplies to feed [the people],” Esthon said.
The vice governor explained that a similar situation was recorded in North Timor Tengah regency, but monitoring by an evaluation team on the food scarcity showed that the food supplies there were still adequate to meet demand.