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East Jakarta fire victims relocated to new shelter

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, July 12, 2019   /   04:51 pm
East Jakarta fire victims relocated to new shelter Residents left homeless by the Cipinang fire sit in a tent erected in the yard of SD 03/04 state elementary school in South Cipinang Besar . (kompas.com/Cyinthia Lova)

Residents left homeless after a fire razed an area of Cipinang in Jatinegara, East Jakarta, on July 6 are to be relocated after spending days in tents erected in the yard of a nearby elementary school.

The victims were relocated to the Al-Falah Mosque located near the incident location on Friday.

Cipinang Besar Selatan community unit (RW) 07 secretary Syafrudin said the victims had to be located to a new place, as school activities would start on Monday.

“Tents have been installed around the mosque used as a temporary shelter,” he said on Thursday, kompas.com reported.

Most of the fire victims residing in the shelter have asked to be moved to Jatinegara Kaum low-cost apartment complex.

The Jakarta Public Housing Agency has taken down their details and vowed to relocate them to the apartment complex following a verification process.

Other residents, meanwhile, have opted to remain in the location of their burned houses, erecting tents and semipermanent housing.

The fire razed at least 30 buildings affecting 47 families, 44 of which have reportedly requested to move to the subsidized apartments.

Citing a Social Affairs Ministry statement, Syafrudin said the ministry had asked the victims to establish a public kitchen themselves, because the ministry would no longer provide warm food for them.

“The government will provide the ingredients, but the people will cook for themselves,” he said.

He said the victims' basic needs were met and deemed sufficient for the next two months. (sau)