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DPR urges government to help mudflow victims SIDOARJO - Deputy speaker Muhaimin Iskandar of the DPR (House of Representatives) has urged the government to give more attention to the victims of the mudflow which has been erupting from a gas well owned by PT. Lapindo Brantas (Lapindo) in Sidoarjo, eastern Java. "The government must directly handle the problem by forming a special board which would pay attention to the people especially those suffering from the mudflow," said Muhaimin, who is also general chairman of the National Awakening Party (PKB), after attending a meeting of the party`s East Java chapters yesterday.

Besides considering compensation from Lapindo, it is more urgent for the government to think about the victims, said Muhaimin. "The government must act fast to overcome the problem of children`s schooling and the welfare of the mudflow victims especially those who have lost their homes and jobs," he said.

At a different occasion, chairman of the Muhammadiyah, the second largest Muslim organization in Indonesia, Prof. Dr. Syafiq A. Mughni, protested the government's slow actions in taking care of the victims. "The mudflow disaster has not only affected the people in Porong whose houses have sunk in mud, but also the people in East Java in particular and the Indonesian people in general," Syafiq said.


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Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 19 March 2007 04:10 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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