The Jakarta Post
The government has allocated Rp 4 trillion (US$274 million) to rebuild structures on Lombok Island in West Nusa Tenggara, which was hit by a string of earthquakes and aftershocks recently.
Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung said in Jakarta on Monday that the government was in the process of finalizing a presidential instruction that would be a legal basis for rebuilding on the resort island.
Under the presidential instruction, the handling of the Lombok natural disaster will be equal to the handling of a region given national disaster status, even though the government would not declare it a national disaster.
He said more losses would affect the region if it was given national disaster status because it would be closed to tourists as a consequence. “We would suffer more losses,” Pramono said as reported by kontan.co.id.
It was reported that each household would receive Rp 10 million to Rp 50 million to rebuild or repair their homes.
Meanwhile, Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Luhut Pandjaitan said that in handling the Lombok disaster, the government had learned from the eruption of Mount Agung in Bali in 2017, when many countries issued warnings against traveling to Bali soon after it was declared a national disaster.
He said the government had disbursed Rp 16.5 billion to victims of the Lombok disaster for payments to heirs of fatalities, staple food and other assistance.
Social Minister Idrus Marham said the ministry, in coordination with state-owned logistics company Bulog, had distributed 300 tons of rice to people affected by the earthquakes, not only to those in shelters but also to others. (bbn)