JAKARTA, Aug.24 (JDN.id) – Indonesian President Joko Widodo signed a presidential order on Lombok disaster handling on Thursday
Death toll from magnitude 7.0 earthquake has reached 555.
The order is a legal umbrella to government officials to take necessary measures of recovery and rehabilitation.
Lombok Island in West Nusa Tenggara was hit by magnitude 7.0 earthquake on August 5 causing serious destructions, particularly in the northern part of the island.
The main tremor was followed by hundreds of aftershocks. On August 19 another magnitude 7.0 earthquake hit the island, causing more damages.
“A presidential order has (been signed). The important thing is the handling (of the disaster) is in national level. We have been working with provincial and regency (authorities),” President Widodo said as quoted from Presidential Secretariat’s statement.
Currently, the government is focusing on helping badly damaged houses, President Widodo said.
“We are still at the early stage (of disaster handling),” he explained.
National disaster mitigation agency (BNPB) said as of Friday, death toll from the disaster has reached 555, mostly from North Lombok regency.
Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman of BNPB explained that recovery strategy for Lombok targets four affected tourist destinations and promotion to unaffected destinations.
“The government has spent 985.8 billion rupiah for disaster emergency and humanitarian handling… distributed through ministries and government agencies,” Nugroho said.
He said infrastructure damage has hampered aid distribution to disaster affected areas.
Nearly 400,000 people are still staying at temporary shelters as more than 76,000 houses are damaged.
Aids keeps coming to Lombok. On Friday, TNI sent additional 100 tents and 100 wheelchairs to add to the previous 30,000 tents from BNPB.
Earthquake victims still need clean water, sanitations, baby foods, toilets, blankets, floor mats and tents.