TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo offered his condolences after the flash floods that hit East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) and West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) on Sunday, April 4, 2021. The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said that at least 44 people died in the disaster.
“On behalf of me and all the people of Indonesia, I would like to express my deep condolences to the victims who died in this tragedy. I also understand the sadness experienced by our brothers and sisters due to the impact of this disaster,” said the President as published in the Presidential Secretariat’s YouTube channel on Monday, April 5, 2021.
He said that he has ordered the BNPB Head Doni Monardo, the National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) Head Henri Alfiandi, Social Affairs Minister Tri Rismaharini, Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin, Public Works and Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono, the Indonesian Military Commander Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto, and National Police Chief General Listyo Sigit Prabowo to evacuate victims and deal with the impacts of the flash floods quickly.
“I want quick disaster mitigation, such as health care assistance, logistics availability, and basic necessities for the evacuees, as well as infrastructure repair,” he said.
Jokowi then appealed to all people to follow the instruction of officers in the field and stay vigilant over floods and landslides caused by extreme rainfall in recent times. “Pay attention to early warnings issued by BMKG and regional officials,” he asserted.