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Jakarta Post

Jokowi calls for quick distribution of financial aid to Aceh

  • News desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, December 15, 2016   /  09:12 pm
Jokowi calls for quick distribution of financial aid to Aceh Great loss: A resident walks past the ruins of a mosque devastated during a powerful earthquake in Meuredu, Pidie Jaya, Aceh, on Wednesday. The 6.5 magnitude earthquake whose epicenter was 18 kilometers off the coast of Pidie Jaya regency claimed at least 94 lives and destroyed numerous buildings. (JP/Hotli Simanjuntak)

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has ordered the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) to immediately channel aid allocated for the victims of a 6.5-magnitude earthquake that struck Pidie Jaya regency, Aceh, last week.

During his second visit to the affected area, Jokowi said that quick distribution of aid was desperately needed to restore the area, and thus aid distribution to reconstruct buildings should be conducted concurrently with data verification.

“Financial assistance must be immediately channeled, so that residents can use it and their lives can be restored […],” Jokowi said on Thursday.

Jokowi added that he would pay close attention to the progress of the restoration process.

(Read also:Jokowi praises handling of Aceh earthquake victims)

Meanwhile, BNPB head Willem Rampangilei said that the rebuilding of the heavily damaged At-Taqarrub Grand Mosque in Keude village, Trienggadeng, Pidie Jaya regency and the Al-Aziziyah Islamic college in Bireun, as ordered by the President earlier during his first visit, had begun.

“The Public Works and Public Housing Ministry has started rebuilding the mosque and the college as ordered by the President,” Willem said.

Wilem added that the Social Affairs Ministry had provided 96 heirs of the total 103 deceased victims with financial assistance, while still identifying the other seven victims (fac/jun)

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