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Governor Promises to Replace Livestock Lost During Mount Agung Evacuation Process

Bali News: Bali, Simantri, Mount Agung, Made Mangku Pastika, livestock replacement, evacuee relief
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There is some gladdening news for evacuees from villages surrounding Mount Agung who were forced to flee their homes when alert levels for Mount Agung were raised on September 22, 2017. reports that Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika has indicated that the provincial government will replace livestock that were hurriedly sold or abandoned by those evacuating their homes and moving to temporary camps. The governor said that the replacement animals must be for animals that were part of the provincial Simantri Project – an integrated program for the efficient and modern management of livestock operated by the Province of Bali.

“The Simantri livestock that were sold by evacuees will be replaced by the Government,” promised Pastika.

He said those receiving replacement livestock must be seriously committed to caring for their animals in a professional and profitable manner.

Pastika said it was the responsibility of his government to ensure the continuing survival and prosperity of those who fled their home villages.

The Governor took the opportunity to also underline that his government would not force people living in temporary camps to return to their homesteads, especially those with homes still located inside the “red zone.”

Data compiled by the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) records that since the high alert status was put in place on September 22, 2017, a total of 7,670 livestock (6,238 cattle, 823 goats, and 609 pigs) were evacuated from 43 locations.

Meanwhile, BNPB data records 22,683 livestock (15,731 cattle, 4,052 goats, and 2,900 pigs) were not evacuated.

The estimated total loss to the Karangasem economy linked to the volcano alert is put at Rp. 1.5 – 2 trillion. Losses to tourism activities are put at Rp. 264 billion; banking Rp. 1.05 trillion; lost agricultural wages suffered by evacuees Rp. 204.5 billion; and an estimated Rp. 100 billion lost to livestock farmers, agriculturalists, and handicraft makers. Losses to mining and excavation during the emergency are placed at between Rp. 200-500 billion.

During the crisis tourism activities in Karangasem came to a standstill.

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