Jakarta – The Indonesian federal government has increased the number of evacuee camps, particularly in disaster-prone locations, as a preventive procedure against La Nina-induced hydrometeorological disasters.
” Each location has actually designated places for evacuee camps. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we follow health protocols in managing the impacts of disasters. We increase the number of evacuee camps,” Director General of Social Defense and Security of the Social Affairs Ministry Pepen Nazaruddin mentioned throughout an online press conference here on Tuesday.
In keeping with the set health procedures at evacuee camps, a cap is put on the number of evacuees in tents to prevent crowding, and masks will be distributed amongst them, he noted.
Nazaruddin spoke of having held a coordination conference with social service workplaces to prepare an inventory of catastrophe mitigation centers and infrastructure, consisting of public kitchens, camping tents, and quick reaction teams.
The conference likewise talked about the preparedness of buffer stocks in each disaster-prone area, including logistics stocks at warehouses of the Social Affairs Ministry in Makassar, Palembang, and Bekasi.
The Meteorology, Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) had earlier warned of La Nina weather condition phenomenon of moderate intensity in the Pacific Ocean.
La Nina can possibly increase the amount of rainfall in most parts of Indonesia.
Indonesia, with monsoon and dry seasons, is prone to natural disasters, and usually some 75 percent of the disasters are hydrometeorological in nature, such as flooding, landslides, and strong winds.
The National Disaster Mitigation Firm (BNPB) reported that throughout the duration from January to Oct 17 this year, Indonesia had actually taped 2,276 natural disasters.
The hydrometeorological disasters made up 827 floods, 637 whirlwinds, and 416 landslides.
The disasters impacted 4.5 million people, with 307 people losing their lives, 25 individuals going missing out on, and 469 individuals sustaining injuries. In addition, the catastrophes caused light, moderate, to major damage to 35,176 homes and 1,481 public facilities.
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