Tuesday, September 15, 2009, 06:51:00
Hunger, 92 Killed in Yahukimo
FAILURE HARVEST: Citizens District Langda, Yahukimo, Papua shows that sweet potato plants damaged by drought. This condition causes the drought. Until yesterday recorded 92 tewas.Cenderawasih Post
JAKARTA - The victim died of starvation in Yahukimo, Papua, was quite large. Until now, the death toll reached 92 people. To anticipate the spread of food disasters, in the near future as soon supplied food to the vulnerable points. Famine victims who died this year came from different districts in the case of Yahukimo Ones Pahabol 2005.Bupati said, making parsnip crop failure among 26 districts in 51 area food shortages. "Prolonged rain in the districts that make the sweet potatoes are planted seven to eight months ago could not be harvested as expected," said Ones after attending a coordination meeting at the office of Coordinating Minister for People's Welfare, Jalan Medan Merdeka, Jakarta, yesterday (14 / 9).
Ones to add, sweet potatoes are still grown in the region traditionally. That way, new result can be harvested in seven months to nine months after planting. Sweet potato is the only food crops traditionally cultivated by the people in the region. "Not like Java. Because planted with cultivation system is good, the results can be harvested in four months, "he said. Therefore, failure of crops to make them have no food. "Districts that failed harvest this year that have not received any assistance cassava cultivation techniques four years ago," tambahnya.Kegagalan harvest tubers in the 26 districts are making the tribes who lived in rural areas can not eat for several days. As a result, they are vulnerable to diseases that often lead to death. "There are some districts that have not helped in 2005 due to crop failures have not," he said.
At the end of 2005, in seven districts of Yahukimo District famine that resulted in 55 people died and 112 others critically. Currently there are four tribes who live in these food-insecure areas. Namely, subsuku Una Ukam, subsuku Mek, subsuku Yali, and subsuku Kimyal.Ones confirmed, the team from the district had come down directly to the district that could be reached. Until now there has been no residents were evacuated from the area. According to him, all these districts are constrained geographic and weather conditions. Area is 5000 meters altitude above sea level. "About 80 percent of the population living in the mountains," sub-district Yahukimo jelasnya.Kepala Balingga Wiklif states, not merely the victim died from the amoeba. The reason, among others, contracted upper respiratory infections, diarrhea, and malaria.
Special Staff of the Coordinating Ministry for People's Welfare Rizal Mallarangeng said that the team will verify the problem and victims of famine. Handling the Yahukimo district, said Rizal, the great cost of transportation, based side. Therefore, the team will come and bring help to it. "Especially the milk for the babies in there," jelasnya.Bantuan to be taken, among others, 100 tons of rice, 1,100 boxes of instant noodles, soy sauce, canned fish, and cooking utensils. Based on the experience of previous cases, people do not just need a sweet potato as their staple food. They also want to feel the instant noodles and other foods. "It is a shameful thing. Therefore, we will not play games with the issue of hunger in parts of Indonesia, "he stated. (zul / oki)