Official Says Blitar Set to Evacuate its People from Wamena,Papua



Petir Garda Bhwana

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Blitar District Administration has revealed that it is ready to evacuate its people from Papua Province in the aftermath of deadly riot that broke out in Wamena, the capital city of Jayawijaya District, on Sept 23 and claimed 33 lives of innocent civilians.

    To this end, the district government has kept coordinating with the East Java Provincial Government to clarify whether or not its people are among the survivors of this recent riot currently taking refuge outside Wamena.

    "We have been coordinating with the provincial government to know whether or not our people are among those evacuated from Wamena or other cities in Papua," Head of the Social Welfare Office at Blitar District Administration Romelan said on Saturday.

    Romelan said he has received reports that several people from Blitar moved to Papua Province to make a living but he has yet to get informed on their whereabouts in the aftermath of the riot that killed a senior medical doctor and 32 other innocent civilians.

    "In fact, the Wamena riot survivors originally coming from Malang District are among those who have left Papua while we have yet to receive information on the fate of our people," he said.

    The Blitar District Administration vows to bring its people home if they are keen to get evacuated from Papua, he added.