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Jakarta Post

Residents hope govt will fulfil Lapindo compensation promise

  • Wahyoe Boediwardhana

    The Jakarta Post

Sidoarjo   /   Sat, September 24 2011   /  08:45 am

Residents from affected villages in Sidoarjo, East Java, were hopeful that the government would honor its pledge to pay out the remaining financial compensation following the mudflow disaster.

The three villages are Besuki, Pajarakan and Kedungcangkring.

“We are confident about it, because it is conveyed by the vice president [Boediono] himself,” Sampun Hadi Prayitno, a Besuki resident, said.

The planned payoff was part the government’s policy to cope with the mudflow disaster that broke out five years ago.

The government, it was reported, would pay the first 5 percent of the unpaid 30 percent in compensation this year, and pay the remaining 25 percent between January and February next year.

With the decision, residents in Besuki, Pajarakan and Kedungcangkring villages agreed to immediately open their blockade and allow Sidoarjo Mudflow Mitigatio...