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Displaced mudflow victims to get aid from foreign agencies SIDOARJO - Over three years after the start of the 'Sidoarjo mudflow', thousands of displaced residents of Porong, near Sidoarjo in East Java, now start receive aid from foreign agencies. A humanitarian organisation sponsored by Norway has started to give free medication and medical treatments for the hundreds of refugees in shelters at the Pasar Baru market in Porong.

Rune Edvardsen, a member of the foundation, said that the two days of free healthcare would soon be followed up bu the establishment of a real health center in the area early next year. "The service we provide today is just a way of informing the people about the operation of our health center next year," Rune told. The center would operate in cooperation with Yayasan Obor Berkat Indonesia.

A spokesperson of the Sidoarjo Mudflow Handling Agency (BPLS), Achmad Zulkarnain, said that the government would not manage foreign aid given to the victims of the mudflow. Presidential regulations state that all the funds to handle the mudflow via BPLS come from the state budget. The BLPS has become a government body which is solely aimed at handling the mudflow since September 23. Earlier this was still in the hands of Lapindo Brantas Inc.


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Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 24 November 2009 02:30 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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