Subject: AN: President wants action plan for NTT refugees


03/09/2007 04:54:49 AM EST

from ANTARA, The Indonesian National News Agency Jakarta, March 5 (ANTARA) - President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has asked the action plan and sources of fund for the handling of refugees in the eastern Indonesian province of East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) to be ready in a month, a senior minister said

Coordinating Minister for People's Welfare Abu Rizal Bakrie said here on Monday the fund would be spent on the construction of 14,666 houses in the next three years and on the implementation of supporting program for the local people's welfare

Aburizal made the statement after a limited coordination meeting on the management of landslide and flood aftermath in East Nusa Tenggara at the presidential office here

The meeting was also attended by Home Affairs Minister Moh. Ma'ruf, Agriculture Minister Anton Apriyantono, State Minister for Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises Surya Dharma Ali, and Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Widodo AS

"Three main agenda discussed in the meeting are the impact of flashflood and landslides in Manggarai district in East Nusa Tenggara, the handling of refugees from Timor Leste, and the eradication of poverty by providing sufficient food and energy," Aburizal said

He pointed out that a total of 9,762 heads of family had taken refuge after the flashflood and landslide swept through Manggarai district last week

"Around 5,000 houses have been built for Manggarai and Timor leste refugees," Aburizal said, adding that more than 9,000 others would be built soon

He added that the government this year would allocate a certain amount of fund from the State Budget to build around 3,000 houses

On the handling of landslide and flashflood aftermath in Manggarai early last Friday, Aburizal said that based on a report from East Nusa Tenggara Governor Piet Tallo, it had been running well, although assistance from the local and central governments were still needed

"In principle, food supply is sufficient but other assistance efforts to other areas through overland road are hampered by bad weather," said the coordinating minister for the people's welfare

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