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Jakarta Post

Bureaucracy delays aid for tsunami victims

  • Syofiardi Bachyul Jb

    The Jakarta Post

Padang   /   Fri, November 30 2012   /  08:09 am

The lengthy forestry regulatory process has been blamed for the delayed construction of permanent homes for residents displaced by the tsunami that struck the Mentawai Islands regency in West Sumatra on Oct. 25, 2010.

Around 2,072 families were displaced by the tsunami and are still living in temporary homes.

In addition, the victims lack access to public services and education.

The housing program should involve the Forestry Ministry since more than 80 percent of the land that will be used for the housing project, and the economic plot for the displaced residents is located in a forest production location, which should be changed into a Timber Exploitation Permit (IPK) area before turning it into a housing area.

A 196,569-hectare plot has been reportedly allocated for the permanent homes and farms. The permanent homes will be located 3 kilometers from the coa...