Jakarta: The Environmental Affairs and Forestry Ministry will send a task force to investigate the cause of the flash flood and landslide that devastated Jayapura, Papua last week.
"The task force has been set up in accordance with a decree of the Environmental Affairs and Forestry Ministry. Tonight, the team will depart for the location," IB Putera Parthama, the Director General of the River Basin and Protected Forest Management of the ministry, said here, Tuesday.
The task force is headed by M Saparis Sudaryanto, the ministry's Director on Planning and Evaluation of River Basin Management
It will collect data and facts about the floods and landslides in Papua to study them for future solutions.
"I will collect facts as accurately as possible," Sudaryanto said.
The ministry will also set up an information command post to update information on the flooding situation in the region.
Meanwhile, as of Tuesday, 89 people were dead following the flooding and landslide in Jayapura in the easternmost Indonesian province of Papua.
On Monday, 13 bodies were recovered by the joint search team, comprising four bodies in Sereh Tua Village, two bodies on Lake Sentani, three bodies at BTN housing complexes, two bodies at BTN Nauli 2, one body at BTN Citra Buana, and one body in Hobong Village.
According to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), as many as 74 people are still missing, among others, 34 people from Milinik Village, 20 people from BTN Gajah Mada housing complex, seven people from the Inauli Housing Complex, four people from Bambar Village, two people from BTN Bintang Timur housing complex, one person from Sosial, one person from Komba and three people from Taruna Sosial.
In addtion to that, the number of people who have been displaced has also continued to increase. Latest data from BNPB shows that 6,831 displaced residents are scattered in 15 evacuation centers.
In the meantime, public kitchens, health service centers and command posts have also been established. To date, the displaced residents are in urgent need of toilets, clean water, food, mattresses, blankets, proper clothing, generators, kitchen appliances, psychosocial assistance, and so on. (Antara)