Jayapura: President Joko Widodo urged the people of Papua Province to remain optimistic that the 2020 National Games (PON) would be held as scheduled, despite the recent flash floods that affected certain parts of the Jayapura regency area.
"The construction of sports halls will be completed in May, while the aquatic venue and sports complex will also see the light of day by the end of 2019," the incumbent president, commonly known as Jokowi, said here on Monday.
On the sidelines of his visit to Jayapura city, where he was accompanied by First Lady Iriana, Jokowi addressed journalists. After having inspected the stadium, Jokowi confirmed that its construction process would be carried out as scheduled.
Jokowi and Irina also visited the Toware Sports Hall, which is currently accommodating around 500 people displaced by the recent flash floods.
On March 16, flash floods and landslides hit a number of areas in Jayapura regency. According to reports, the natural disaster killed at least 112 people and damaged more than two thousand houses.
On Friday, the Jayapura regency administration called off an emergency period in the region. At the same time, the local government declared a transition period for the next three months.
"153 people suffered severe injuries. 809 suffered light injuries. 17 are still missing," BNPB spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said in a written statement on Saturday.
"The number of evacuees is decreasing. About 4,763 people or 963 households currently live in evacuation camps. They are spread in 21 evacuation centers," the BNPB official remarked.
Indonesia is blessed with fertile soil and various natural resources, but concurrently, the country is prone to natural disasters, as it is located in the Pacific Ring of Fire, where numerous volcanic eruptions and earthquakes occur.
During the period from January to mid-December last year, a total of 2,572 natural disasters had hit the country, leaving at least 4,821 people dead or missing. (Antara)
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