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.

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