Mentawai Islands residents will be relocated to the East Coast

Jakarta-Mentawai Islands residents will be relocated from the West coast to East coast. West Coast is more prone to tsunamis because of dealing directly with the Indian Ocean. The process of relocation is still a government study to look at various considerations. Because the relocation was not a simple matter said Djoko Suyanto (Menkopolhukam).

Relocation process is not easy, as they relate to livelihoods, although relocated in coastal areas as well, different natural conditions. The process of relocation will be discussed by the Provincial Government, Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Forestry.

He said aid distribution to the Mentawai faltered because of bad weather, all ships to deliver aid can only sail in good weather, as well as KRI has limitations in sailing. He did not want to ship capsize events happen on ships owned by PLN other assistance.

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