Govt to empower more disaster-prone areas

Govt to empower more disaster-prone areas
Residents walk through a flooded road in Bandung, West Java province, on December 22, 2014. In the past month alone, severe floods have battered Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines and Sri Lanka.

The government says the regions need to set up more community based disaster preparedness units (KSBs) to empower those who live in areas prone to natural disasters.

"We have only 258 KSBs and we're preparing more in 2015," said Social Affairs Ministry social protection for disaster victims director Margowiyono as quoted by Antara news agency.

He explained that according the country's disaster-prone regional index, 453 regencies were prone to natural disasters, so the amount of units was still far from adequate.

Margowiyono encouraged local administrations and the private sector to help finance the units to improve residents' awareness of disasters.

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