Refugees from natural disasters reach 8.26 million until December 19: BNPB

Jakarta (ANTARA) – The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) has recorded that 8.26 million people have been affected by natural disasters in Indonesia and had to evacuate from January 1 to December 19, 2021.

“Until December 19, 2021 at 3 p.m. WIB (Western Indonesian Standard Time), 2,931 disasters have been recorded,” the agency said on Monday via its official Twitter account.

In addition to causing the evacuation of millions of people, the disasters also left 654 dead, 93 missing and injured 14,105 people.

According to the number of incidents by type of disaster, flooding was the most frequent disaster in Indonesia, with 1,236 incidents, followed by 746 extreme weather incidents, 595 landslide incidents and 265 forest fire incidents and earthen.

The BNPB also recorded 140,829 damaged houses of which 18,971 suffered severe damage, 25,263 suffered moderate damage and 96,595 houses suffered minor damage.

In addition, some 3,670 public establishments were destroyed, including 1,482 educational establishments, 1,834 places of prayer and 354 health establishments. In addition, 504 offices and 417 bridges were destroyed.

Previously, the BNPB, through the Directorate of Early Warning, had set up an early warning system in the event of a flood in order to improve the preparedness of the population.

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During the practice held in Ngelang village, Magetan, East Java, Prasinta Dewi, BNPB prevention assistant, stressed the importance of being wary of probable disasters.

In addition, on Tuesday, the Speaker of the House of Representatives (DPR) Puan Maharani urged the government to be ready to lead an emergency response to the natural disasters occurring in Indonesia.

She called on the government, as well as other institutions, to plan in detail for disaster risk management to minimize loss, loss and destruction.

Additionally, Maharani called for a review of state budget availability for several disaster-prone regions to ensure more efficient use of state revenues.

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