Ambon: President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo visited a post-earthquake refugee camp at Darussalam University, Tulehu, Central Maluku on Tuesday, October 29, 2019.
The refugees were victims of a 6.5 magnitude earthquake that rocked Maluku last month.
The President inspected the facilities at the evacuation center. He reminded the evacuees about the threat of earthquakes and tsunami waves in Indonesia.
Jokowi said that Indonesia has been repeatedly hit by large-scale earthquakes such as Aceh, Padang, Bengkulu, Lampung, Banten, Yogyakarta, West Nusa Tenggara, Palu, and Donggala. He asked the community to be ready for such disasters.
"We don’t want this to happen to anyone and always ask God to evade us from disasters such as earthquakes and tsunamis," the President said.
The President has received reports from Maluku Governor Murad Ismail and BNPB Head Doni Monardo. At least 12,137 houses were damaged by the earthquake in Maluku.
Jokowi stressed that the Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing and Natural Disaster Mitigation Agency’s (BNPB) has been allocated funds to restore the damaged houses. He ensured that the assistance will be distributed as soon as possible.
"Hopefully, it will quickly disappear so that the restoration of the houses can be carried out by the community and regional government from the budget given from the central government, "Jokowi explained.
During the visit, Jokowi was accompanied by First Lady Iriana Jokowi, Minister of Public Works and Public Housing Basuki Hadimuljono, Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi, Head of BNPB Doni Monardo, and Maluku Governor Murad Ismail.