Damaged roads hinder distribution of aid supplies

Jakarta (ANTARA News) – Social Affairs Minister Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita said that aid supplies sent to quake and tsunami victims in Central Sulawesi had not yet reached the locations due to as damage to the access roads.

“We are trying to distribute them as quickly as possible, but a lot of access roads have been damaged,” he stated in a press release received here on Saturday.

The minister, who has been in Palu, which is the capital of Central Sulawesi, noted that he had distributed aid supplies from Gorontalo and Makassar by land.

Aid supplies from the ministrys Eastern Region warehouse in Makassar include camp beds, tents, mattresses, family kits, kids? wares, food wares, clothes, and blankets.

Aid supplies from Jakarta, such as food supplies, camp beds, multi-purpose tents, kitchen sets, and mattresses, have been ready to be flown to Central Sulawesi.

Vehicles, especially kitchen and rescue cars, have also been mobilized to buffer regions in large numbers. “The aid supplies from the Social Affairs Ministry should have arrived by now,” Kartasasmita remarked.

A 7.4-magnitude quake hit Donggala at 17.02 pm on Friday and caused a tsunami, leaving 384 people dead.

Source: ANTARA News