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Jakarta Post

VP calls for repairs of Bima within four days of flood

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, December 28, 2016   /  04:16 pm
VP calls for repairs of Bima within four days of flood Residents of Bima, West Nusa Tenggara, cross the collapsed Kodo Bridge after a major flood on Dec. 22 and 23. The bridge is the only access point that connects Bima to the nearby Sape seaport. (Antara/Ahmad Subaidi)

Vice President Jusuf Kalla has demanded related agencies to finish repairing sanitation facilities in Bima, West Nusa Tenggara, within four days of the recent flood.

Immediate repairs are needed so that people can obtain clean water again for their daily needs, the vice president said when he led a meeting in Bima on Tuesday.

“The VP has ordered repairs of water wells and for the environment to be cleaned up,” said Social Minister Khofifah Indar Parawansa on Wednesday as reported by Antara.

(Read also: Bima flood victims to get monthly allowance)

Jusuf chaired a meeting at Bima City Hall on Tuesday to discuss recovery efforts. The meeting was attended by head of National Disaster Management (BNPB) Willem Rampangilei, Bima Mayor Muhammad Quraish and city officials.

After inspecting the flood affected area, Kalla said that water in all wells should be pumped  to clean out the waste and other pollutants carried by the flood. Khofifah added that all equipment to do the job should be purchased immediately.

“In short, efforts should be carried out to ensure that this will be finished by Jan 1,” she added.

The flood that swept Bima on Dec. 22 and 23 had also caused serious damages to the city's infrastructure and expelled 8,800 people from their homes in five districts of the city. (bbn)

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