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Jakarta Post

Jokowi orders swift response to Nusa Tenggara disasters

  • Budi Sutrisno

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, April 5, 2021   /  07:19 pm
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Piles of debris lie in Adonara, East Flores, on April 4, after flash floods and landslides swept through eastern Indonesia and neighboring Timor Leste.(AFP/Joy Christian)

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has ordered that the government respond swiftly to the effects of flash floods and landslides that swept through East and West Nusa Tenggara on Sunday, killing at least 70 and displacing hundreds. The incident, which also affected the neighboring country of Timor Leste, adds to a long list of natural disasters that have beset Indonesia this year. In January, floods overwhelmed parts of South Kalimantan and displaced tens of thousands. The President said he had ordered national disaster mitigation agencies, relevant Cabinet members and national security forces to evacuate affected residents and contain the effects of the disasters with haste. “I ask that disaster management efforts, including the distribution of health assistance, logistical support and basic needs for the evacuees, as well as infrastructure improvements, be carrie...