Bima Flooding Emergency Relief Period Extended
Muhammad Rum, head of the West Nusa Tenggara Disaster Mitigation Agency, told the media that the Bima emergency relief period scheduled to expire on January 5 has been given a 14-day extension to ensure all damage caused by the flash flood will be thoroughly dealt with.
The disaster mitigation head explained several targets had been outlined for the lengthened Bima flash floods emergency relief programme, which includes clearing out debris in the region’s health centres and schools within the next few weeks before the programme period expires.
Rum said that the Bima administration will need the help of third parties to stabilize the city’s drainage system which will require the use of its ready-to-disburse funds. The city’s administration is looking at renting heavy equipment in an effort to normalize the rivers.
The agency chairman expressed his concern for the Bima administration’s need to work closely with the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency to be able to provide the residents in the city with early warning information or with a weather forecast.
Data from the National Disaster Mitigation Agency showed that the Bima flash floods have caused severe infrastructure damage, where 17,706 houses were inundated with water, 716 and 739 houses suffered medium to severe damage respectively, and 229 houses were destroyed.