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East Jakarta fire victims ask to be relocated to low-cost apartments

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, July 9, 2019   /   02:44 pm
East Jakarta fire victims ask to be relocated to low-cost apartments Cipinang fire victims in a tent erected in the yard of SD South Cipinang Besar 03/04 state elementary school. (kompas.com/Cyinthia Lova)

Several victims of a fire that razed an area in Cipinang, Jatinegara, East Jakarta have asked to be relocated to Jatinegara Kaum low-cost apartment block, as they have been staying in temporarily shelters since their houses were destroyed in the fire.

Out of 47 affected families, 20 have asked to be moved to the apartment block, South Cipinang Besar subdistrict chief Farida said.

The Jakarta Public Housing Agency will first list their data and conduct verification before relocating the affected residents.

Farida said the city administration was not forcing the residents to move to the low-cost apartment block. The administration had given Rp 50 million (US$ 3,539) to each family to help them to rebuild their houses.

“Verification is needed because if they are not home owners, they cannot be relocated [to the apartment block],” she said on Monday as reported by kompas.com.

As many as 147 affected victims out of 47 families are staying in three tents erected by the Jakarta Social Affairs Agency as a temporarily shelter in the yard of a local elementary school.

The fire razed at least 30 houses in the densely populated neighborhood on Saturday. The cause of the fire is not yet known. (das)