In­done­sia, Ja­pan team­ing up in post-quake re­con­struc­tion of Su­lawesi

The Myanmar Times - - Asean -

IN­DONE­SIA and Ja­pan have since early this month been co­op­er­at­ing in the for­mu­la­tion of a mas­ter plan for boost­ing dis­as­ter readi­ness in the for­mer’s Su­lawesi is­land, which was hit by a ma­jor earth­quake and tsunami last year, the two sides con­firmed Thurs­day.

Gell­wynn Jusuf, sec­re­tary to the In­done­sian na­tional devel­op­ment plan­ning min­is­ter, said Thurs­day that the co­op­er­a­tion is ex­pected to last 36 months, dur­ing which 54 Ja­pa­nese ex­perts will be de­ployed to project sites in Cen­tral Su­lawesi Prov­ince to help lo­cal stake­hold­ers carry out the plan.

Cen­tral Su­lawesi, par­tic­u­larly the pro­vin­cial cap­i­tal of Palu, the nearby coastal town of Dong­gala, and Sigi Re­gency, was hit by a mag­ni­tude 7.5 earth­quake and en­su­ing tsunami on Septem­ber 28, claim­ing 2081 lives, with 1309 oth­ers miss­ing and pre­sumed dead.

Many deaths from liq­ue­fac­tion were re­ported in Palu’s dis­tricts of Pe­tobo and Balaroa and the vil­lage of Jono Oge in Sigi Re­gency, with en­tire houses be­ing swal­lowed up by the ground.

The co­op­er­a­tion will cover the prepa­ra­tion of dis­as­ter risk as­sess­ment and haz­ard maps and pro­mo­tion of dis­as­ter-re­silient in­fra­struc­ture and pub­lic fa­cil­i­ties, among other ar­eas.

“Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and re­cov­ery from earth­quake will be en­hanced and dis­as­ter-re­silient ci­ties will be es­tab­lished through the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the pro­posed re­gional dis­as­ter-risk re­silience plan,” Jusuf said af­ter ex­chang­ing records of dis­cus­sions with Shinichi Ya­manaka, chief rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Ja­pan In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion Agency, Tokyo’s devel­op­ment aid arm.

The project, he said, will ben­e­fit the lo­cal com­mu­nity in Cen­tral Su­lawesi by help­ing “re­duce trauma and en­hance readi­ness” in cop­ing with risk and po­ten­tial nat­u­ral dis­as­ters in the fu­ture.

The project is also ex­pected to pro­vide an ad­e­quate knowl­edge-shar­ing mech­a­nism that can be repli­cated in any other re­gion prone to nat­u­ral dis­as­ters.

Re­gard­ing the knowl­edge-shar­ing mech­a­nism, Ya­manaka said JICA will in­vite ad­vi­sory mem­bers of lo­cal gov­ern­ments from Hi­gashi-Mat­sushima, a city in Miyagi Pre­fec­ture, and Ka­maishi, a city in Iwate Pre­fec­ture, both in eastern Ja­pan, to give work­shops in Jakarta and Palu.

Both pre­fec­tures were af­fected by the pow­er­ful earth­quake that struck off the coast of Fukushima Pre­fec­ture on March 11, 2011, trig­ger­ing a tsunami that killed al­most 16,000 peo­ple.

“They are ex­pected to share their re­con­struc­tion ex­pe­ri­ence and knowl­edge ...(and) I hope fruit­ful dis­cus­sions can be done among lo­cal gov­ern­ments of the two na­tions,” Ya­manaka said. –

Photo: EPA

Res­i­dents walk through the earth­quake dev­as­tated area in Balaroa, Palu, Cen­tral Su­lawesi, In­done­sia, on Oc­to­ber 4, 2018.

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