Indonesia compensates flood victims, warns of more heavy rains

Source: Xinhua| 2020-01-12 20:28:28|Editor: xuxin
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JAKARTA, Jan. 12 (Xinhua) -- Indonesia has decided to provide funds to residents whose houses were destroyed by floods and landslides in and around the capital Jakarta recently while warning them of more heavy downpours in coming days.

The National Disaster Management Agency would assess the damages due to the natural disasters after the New Year.

An owner of a house with a serious damage will receive a compensation of 50 million rupiahs (some 3,620 U.S. dollars), for the one whose house with a moderate damage will get 25 million rupiahs (about 1,810 U.S. dollars) and 10 million rupiahs (equal to 724 U.S. dollars) will be for an owner of a house with a light damage, spokesman of the agency Agus Wibowo said on Sunday.

The natural disaster also destroyed other infrastructure, such as school buildings, bridges and roads in Jakarta, the nearby West Java province and Banten province, according to the agency.

The ones whose houses were severe rattled by the disaster would not be sent to temporary shelters as the government would immediately rebuild their damaged houses. A compensation will be offered to them during the rebuilding process.

Nearly 400,000 people were displaced during the floods and landslides in Jakarta and its peripheral territories, according to the agency.

On the weather condition, the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency refreshed the warning, saying that Jakarta and its surrounding areas as well as other parts of the country are potential for heavy downpours on Jan. 12-18.

For Jakarta and its nearby provinces, torrential rains are expected on Jan. 15-18. For several areas in Sumatra Island, Banten province, South Sulawesi Island, Maluku province and Papua province, heavy rains are likely on Sunday and Monday, the agency said.

"Residents are urged to remain alert on risks of floods, landslides, flash floods, whirlwinds and falling trees. Those who live along the coastal areas have to be cautious about tidal waves," Wibowo said.

At least 67 people were killed during the floods, and landslides in Jakarta and surrounding areas recently, while the efforts to retrieve those buried under mud continued.

Indonesia has been frequently stricken by floods and landslides during heavy rains.