Jayapura – Three districts in Puncak Regency, Central Papua Province have been hit by drought. Previously, only two districts were reported to have experienced the disaster. The three drought-stricken districts are Agandugume District, Lambewi District and Oneri District.
Assistance from the Indonesian Ministry of Social Affairs (Kemensos) and TNI Commander Admiral Yudo Margono for residents affected by drought in Agandugume District and Lambewi District, Puncak Regency, Central Papua has arrived in Timika, Mimika Regency on Monday (24/7/2023). Logistics assistance totaling 14 tons was flown in from logistics warehouses in Jakarta and Jayapura.
Head of Papua Police Public Relations Kombes Pol. Ignatius Benny Ady Prabowo, S.H., S.I.K., M.Kom., said that today, Wednesday (07/26/2023) the aid has been transported using the Air Force’s Caracal Helicopter and two caravan-type aircraft from Mozes Kilangin Airport Timika to Sinak District.
“The aid has been trying to be sent through Sinak District since Monday, but the aid could not be flown due to weather constraints,” said the Head of Public Relations.
The Head of Public Relations said that the affected district, Agandugume District, has an airstrip. However, aid cannot be flown through the district because it is closed due to repairs and security considerations.
“For this reason, the most likely alternative is to send aid through the Sinak airstrip, because people from Agandugume and Lambewi Districts are already in Sinak and others are also moving from the village,” said the Head of Public Relations.
The types of assistance sent by the Ministry of Social Affairs are ready-to-eat food 4,000 packages, children’s food 4,000 packages, ready-to-serve side dishes 2,000 packages, roll tents 500 sheets, sardines 25 boxes, corned beef 32 boxes, sausages 83 boxes, shredded beef 15 boxes, biscuits 18 boxes.
Furthermore, children’s clothing (kindergarten, elementary and junior high school) 3,000 sets, adult clothing 4,000 sets, adult pants 4,000 pieces, and blankets 4,000 pieces.
Previously, on Monday (07/24/2023) a meeting was held between the TNI-Polri and the local government with the people of Agandugume and Lambewi Districts regarding the drought disaster and requesting that Agandugume airport be reopened.