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Insurance firms to cover KEK Tanjung Lesung damage: Official

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, December 27, 2018   /   03:06 pm
Insurance firms to cover KEK Tanjung Lesung damage: Official Police personnel help residents clear the debris of a collapsed house on Carita Beach in Pandeglang, Banten, on Wednesday. The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) reported that the tsunami, which was triggered by the eruption of Mount Anak Krakatau, left at least 430 people dead, 1,495 injured, 159 missing and 21,991 displaced. (The Jakarta Post/Dhoni Setiawan )

Special Economic Area (KEK) National Council secretary Enoh Suharto Pranowo has said the losses caused by Saturday’s tsunami that affected KEK Tanjung Lesung will be covered by insurance companies.

“Large companies that develop hotels and resorts surely insure their properties,” said Enoh in Jakarta on Wednesday as quoted by Antara, referring to properties and other facilities developed in the KEK that focus on the tourism industry.

He added that the KEK recovery process would be implemented by KEK operator PT Jababeka, while the government would only repair damaged infrastructure.

 “Damage coverage in the KEK is the responsibility of the management. The government will repair the road access to the area,” Enoh said.

Previously, PT Jababeka reported that the losses caused by the tsunami -- which killed at least 430 people, as well as damaging hundreds of houses and other properties, including those in the KEK -- amounted to Rp 150 billion (US$10.30 million).

The tsunami affected about 30 percent of the properties owned by PT Banten West Java Tourism Development, a subsidiary of PT Jababeka that manages KEK Tanjung Lesung.

Enoh said future developments in the KEK area should be equipped with disaster mitigation facilities.

 “The KEK’s management should be trained in disaster mitigation to prepare for an eventual disaster […] We should also prepare assembly points for evacuees as well as develop an early warning system.”

He added that KEK Tanjung Lesung had been developed in line with regional spatial planning and had been equipped with facilities to carry out mitigation when a disaster occurred. (bbn)