W. Java allocates Rp 15b to tackle disaster

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The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Mon, 01/09/2012 5:03 PM

The West Java administration has allocated Rp 15 billion (US$1.6 million) for the disaster emergency alert status period from Jan.3 until May 3, 2012.

“We will be able to use the funds when a disaster occurs,” West Java Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) head Udjwala Prana Sigit said Monday as quoted by Antara news agency.

He said that the agency had also instructed all Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) personnel, the National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) and BPBD to stand by during the emergency alert status period.

Udjwala said that the West Java government had also allocated another Rp 75 billion for disasters that may occur in 2012, in addition to the Rp 15 billion allocation.

The West Java government declared an emergency alert status on Jan.3 and will convey its intent to all stakeholders and citizens in the province.

The status was related to the result of a meeting between BPBD and the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics agency (BMKG) regarding anticipation and preparation based on the forecast of increased rainfall from December 2011 until March 2012, which could lead to potential floods and erosion. (drs)