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Jakarta Post

Virus fears haunt disaster relief efforts

  • Rizki Fachriansyah and A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil


Jakarta   /   Tue, January 19 2021   /  01:00 am
Rescuers search for survivors at a collapsed building in Mamuju city on January 15, 2021, after a 6.2-magnitude earthquake rocked Indonesia's Sulawesi island. (Agence France Presse/Mawardi)

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) is pushing for COVID-19 safety compliance during disaster response and among people taking shelter following a string of fatal disasters that struck several regions across the archipelago over the last two weeks. Agency spokesperson Raditya said health protocols would continue to be enforced amid the ongoing emergency in the wake of earthquakes in West Sulawesi, major flooding in South Kalimantan and deadly landslides in West Java. “All health protocols must be implemented,” he told an online press conference on Sunday.  Raditya went on to say that a joint team comprising his office, the Health Ministry and local health agencies had committed to providing the provisions and amenities required to maintain health and safety among evacuees. Evacuees, divided into separate age groups to prevent viral contagion, had b...