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    Coordinating Minister, Luhut: The Palu Earthquake Has Not Needed To Be Defined As A National Disaster

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    BANDUNG - Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut B. Pandjaitan stated that the earthquake and tsunami that occurred in Donggala and Palu, Central Sulawesi, which killed hundreds of lives and destroyed infrastructure, was not yet time to be determined as a national disaster.

    "We urge the continued recovery and development of infrastructure, we must not be too protracted by sadness. We move on and the next thing is the recovery and development of infrastructure," he said.

    According to Luhut, disasters that have occurred in Central Sulawesi do not need to be designated as a national disaster, because the handling we have done now is more than the determination of national disasters and post-disaster management by the government, it is considered very fast and integrated.

    "The government has mobilized aid by directing National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) and BNPB (National Disaster Management) task forces, transportation facilities and hospitals are deployed to help victims of the Palu earthquake disaster," said Luhut, in his official statement in Bandung on Tuesday (10/10).

    Luhut stated that the President's move to see firsthand was also very good,  Basarnas and BNPB task force had a good synergy, heavy equipment had arrived, electricity and clean water already existed, food and other logistics were very good and the Navy Hospital KRI Soedharsono and Hercules from the Air Force also standby in the location.

    "Overall our handling is very fast and integrated, the President has said that we will receive assistance from the international community," he said. (Parno)

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