President Yudhoyono gives assurance to build shelters for Wasior flood victims

Indonesian army soldiers carry a flood victim to the hospital in Wasior village of Indonesia's Papua province October 9, 2010. At least 126 people died, 66 went missing and more than 800 injured after flash floods swept Wasior on October 4, according to data from Indonesia's National Disaster Mitigation Agency on Saturday. (REUTERS/Beawiharta)

October 15, 2010 (KATAKAMI / THE JAKARTA POST ) --- President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono gave assurance in Manokwari that the government will build temporary shelters to accommodate thousands of victims of major flooding, which recently hit Wasior in West Papua.

“The government has been determined to build the temporary shelters,” the President said at Rendani airport on Friday as quoted by Antara.

Yudhoyono was in Manokwari on his way to go back to Jakarta after visiting the flood site for two days and meeting with the victims.

He said that the temporary shelters will be much better that the existing temporary accommodation used by the victims.

Data at the National Disaster Mitigation Agency shows that at least 4,771 people have been displaced by the flooding and they are now accommodated at several locations in Manokwari.