Social Affairs Minister Rismaharani visits Sigi flood evacuees

If it rains, they must stay in this place until February 2023 to be absolutely safe from the threat of flooding

Sigi, Central Sulawesi (ANTARA) — Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini visited and witnessed first-hand the condition of flood-affected residents of North Pakuli Village, Sigi District, Central Sulawesi, living in the courtyard of Al-Anshar Mosque, Pakuli , were evacuated village.

“I am asking the evacuation center to remain here (operational) until the end of December 2022, consistent with the potential for heavy rains in parts of Indonesia, including Central Sulawesi,” the minister noted here on Wednesday.

At least 182 families or 662 people were affected by the floods caused by the overflowing of the Gumbasa River in Pakuli Village, Gumbasa Subdistrict, Sigi District, Central Sulawesi. The river’s overflow was caused by heavy rains that lashed from Monday afternoon (September 5) through Tuesday morning (September 6).

A total of 662 people began evacuating to the evacuation site in the courtyard of Al-Anshar Mosque on Tuesday.

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During her visit to the evacuation site, Rismaharini checked the condition of the communal kitchens, evacuation tents and logistics tents. She also spoke to the evacuees and distributed logistical help at the evacuation site, including for babies and children.

On that occasion, the minister called on Central Sulawesi Provincial Regional Secretary Rudy Dewanto and Sigi District Head Mohamad Irwan to temporarily designate the site as a collection and evacuation point as heavy rains are expected to continue and the peak will be reached according to the Federal Office for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics (BMKG) also occur in the period from November to December 2022.

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“If it rains, they have to stay in this place until February 2023 to be absolutely safe from the impending flood,” she noted.

She stressed that the Ministry of Social Affairs will provide logistical support to the evacuees as long as they are at the evacuation site by then.

“Tents and logistical support have been prepared for residents. So if it rains, residents must come here immediately,” she noted.

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