Daily Archives: January 3, 2020

Flash flood in Lebak majorly wrecks 1,060 houses

Lebak, Banten (ANTARA) – A total of 1,060 houses in six sub-districts in Lebak District, Banten Province, suffered severe damage after being hit by flash flood on Wednesday (Jan 1).

“Most houses were severely damaged due to their location on the banks of the Ciberang River,” head of the Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) of Lebak District, Kaprawi, stated on Friday.

In addition to the severely damaged houses, the flash flood caused slight damage to 428 houses and submerged 1,226 houses.

In the past three days, the flood-affected locals have been staying in refugee camps. They could not return back home owing to the heavy damage caused to them, while some were razed to the ground.

Hence, they prefer living in refugee camps. Moreover, flash floods swept away property and household furniture, clothing, and also food.

“We continue to prioritize the distribution of food aid, beverage, clothing, blankets, and others in order to reduce the risk of disaster so as to not lead to food insecurity,” Kaprawi noted.

Flash floods hit villages in the six districts of Lebak Gedong, Cipanas, Curug Bitung, Maja, Sajira, and Cimarga.

A total of 677 displaced families were accommodated at seven evacuation posts: the PGRI Building, Sajira Sub-district; Nangela Evacuation Post, Calungbungur Village, Sajira Sub-district; and Tambak Village Evacuation Post, Cimarga Sub-district; Evacuation Post of the Cipanas District Office; Evacuation Post of Curugbitung Sub-district; and Disposal Post of the Multipurpose Building of Lebak Gedong Sub-district.

“We established public kitchens in all refugee camps and also conducted data collection,” Kaprawi noted.

Several residents in the Evacuation Post of the PGRI Building in Sajira Sub-district were left visibly clueless since their houses were heavily damaged and flattened to the ground due to the flash flood.

“We are optimistic that the regional government would conduct development, as the current conditions are difficult to rebuild,” Maman, a refugee in Sajira Sub-district, stated.

Source: Antara News

Avoid engaging in blame game over New Year’s catastrophe: speaker

Jakarta (ANTARA) – People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR) Speaker Bambang Soesatyo urged central and regional governments and communities to not engage in a blame game over the deadly flash floods and landslides hitting greater Jakarta areas early this year.

In its place, Soesatyo called on all related parties within the central and regional governments, whose areas were ravaged by the catastrophe over these past three days, to strengthen synergy and cooperation to prevent a relapse of a similar disaster in future.

“I do not want those in the central and regional administrations to blame one another. If needed, please announce publicly if there are state officials, who are working slowly. Let the people at large give a judgement,” he noted in a statement in Jakarta on Friday.

Soesatyo appealed to the central government and regional administrations, whose areas were hit by the flash floods and landslides that claimed at least 43 lives, to seek a comprehensive and permanently binding solution to tackle the problem at the roots.

To this end, both central and regional administrations will support the implementation of their plans to deal with flooding and other potential natural disasters, he noted.

The flash floods and landslides, ravaging certain areas in Jakarta and several districts and cities in the provinces of West Java and Banten over these past three days, have claimed at least 43 lives and affected 409 thousand others.

Most of the affected people were found in Bekasi City in West Java, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesman, Agus Wibowo, noted in a press statement.

The agency recorded that the catastrophe affected 366,274 residents of Bekasi City, while 20,939 and 13,230 people respectively in Jakarta and Bogor District, West Java, bore the impacts of the floods.

The flash floods and landslides also struck the areas of Lebak District and Tangerang Selatan City in Banten Province as well as those in Bekasi District, Bogor City, Depok City, and Cikarang District in West Java Province, Wibowo remarked.

In helping social workers provide food packs for the flood survivors in Jakarta, state-owned oil and gas company PT Pertamina (Persero) distributed 146 Bright Gas and 12-kilogram gas canisters to handle the demands of 13 public kitchens.

The company’s spokesperson, Dewi Sri Utami, had stated earlier that the gas canisters were distributed to the public kitchens on Thursday after those from PT Pertamina’s Marketing Operation Region III coordinated with the authorities of BNPB and Jakarta’s Social Affairs Office.

A total of 146 gas canisters were handed over to 13 of the 20 public kitchens that the authorities had set up around the capital city to provide food packs to the flood survivors, she remarked, adding that the gas canisters will again be distributed to those in need.

Source: Antara News

Sorong police’s probe ongoing into airport’s attackers

Sorong, W Papua (ANTARA) – The Sorong police in West Papua are investigating the case of vandalism and attack on Domine Eduard Osok Airport during a riot in August 2019, its Chief Adjunct Sen. Coms. Mariochristy P. S. Siregar stated.

Police investigators continue to focus efforts to trace those allegedly responsible for assaulting and vandalizing the airport’s terminal facilities, while individuals involved in other violent acts had faced questioning, Siregar remarked in Sorong City on Friday.

“We have been handling 11 suspects in the August rioting case. In the near future, their case will have been submitted to the Sorong city prosecutor’s office to be processed at the district court,” he noted.

Papua and West Papua have come under the radar of both the Indonesian and foreign media after a spate of violence broke out in several parts of these two Indonesian provinces in August and September 2019 in the upshot of the Surabaya incident and fake news.

On August 28, violence had erupted in Deiyai District, some 500 kilometers away from Jayapura, resulting in the deaths of an army soldier and two civilians.

The indigenous Papuan residents of Jayapura again held protests on August 29, as they vented their ire over the alleged racist behavior against their Papuan compatriots in Surabaya, but their rally then turned violent.

On September 23, a deadly riot had erupted in Wamena, the capital city of Jayawijaya District, Papua Province, killing 33 civilians, including a senior medical doctor, who had served the native Papuans for 15 years.

In response to this recent Wamena rioting, a Papuan priest appealed to President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) to hold dialog with the representatives of all Papuan community groups to find solutions to crucial problems in the province.

The Papuan people are keen to hold a discussion in tune with the spirit of the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia, as the central government had done in Aceh Province, Esmon Welilo, a priest and concurrently chairman of the Interreligious Harmony Forum (FKUB), stated.

“We are optimistic that the dialog would be held during his second leadership term,” he remarked.

President Jokowi and Vice President Ma’ruf Amin officially took their oaths of office on October 20, 2019, and the issues of Papua have become one of the serious challenges that the Jokowi-Amin administration should immediately address.

Proper handling is the need of the hour since a circle of violence is still unbreakable there, and an ongoing endeavor to internationalize it is quite apparent.

Attempts to internationalize the issues of Papua, especially human rights abuses and calls for self-determination, are not merely made by non-state actors but also state actors, as revealed by what Vanuatu has often done at the UN General Assembly.

The circle of violence, chiefly triggered and sponsored by notorious armed Papuan separatists through their ongoing campaigns of killing innocent civilians and members of Indonesian military and police, has yet to end.

Source: Antara News

Pertamina distributes 146 gas canisters to Jakarta’s public kitchens

Jakarta (ANTARA) – State-owned oil and gas company PT Pertamina (Persero) distributed 146 Bright Gas and 12-kilogram gas canisters to handle demands of 13 public kitchens for flood survivors in Jakarta, spokesperson, Dewi Sri Utami, stated here, Friday.

The gas canisters were distributed to the public kitchens on Thursday after those from PT Pertamina’s Marketing Operation Region III coordinated with the authorities of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency and Jakarta’s Social Affairs Office, she noted.

A total of 146 gas canisters were handed over to 13 of the 20 public kitchens that the authorities had set up around the capital city to provide food packs to the flood survivors, she remarked, adding that the gas canisters will again be distributed to those in need.

“This is our quick response as part of the implementation of our corporate social responsibility. Soon after knowing that the authorities had set up public kitchens for helping the flood survivors, we attempted to distribute the gas canisters,” Utami remarked.

“Pertamina and the Association of Fuel Station Owners (Hiswana Migas) also coordinate with related authorities to monitor the public kitchens that need to be assisted,” she revealed, adding that PT Pertamina MOR III had also supplied humanitarian aid packages.

The aid packages supplied to several temporary shelters around the capital city comprised staple foods, biscuits, milk, and baby diapers.

“We hope this humanitarian aid would alleviate the suffering of those affected by this disaster,” she added.

In the meantime, the Jakarta Metropolitan Police revealed on Friday morning that floodwaters had continued to inundate several streets around this Indonesian capital city, so motorists and drivers were advised to exercise caution and be wary of the road conditions.

According to the Jakarta Metropolitan Police’s Traffic Management Center, among the flooded road sections were those located in West Jakarta, such as Panjang Street in front of a McDonald outlet and Daan Mogot Street in front of Indosiar Building.

As of Friday at 4:57 a.m. local time, the floodwaters on Panjang Street in front of a McDonald outlet had reached 40 up to 50 centimeters in height, while Daan Mogot Street was swamped with floodwaters estimated to reach 40 up to 80 centimeters high as of 4:59 a.m. local time.

“Hence, at the moment, the road sections are highly risky for vehicles to pass by,” the police revealed.

The flash floods, inundating several areas in Jakarta, Bekasi, Depok, Bogor City, Bogor District, Tangerang City, South Tangerang District, and Lebak District over the past three days, have caused suffering to the people and resulted in their displacement.

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) revealed that, as of Friday morning, the death toll owing to the flooding had reached 43.

Nine of them were Jakarta’s residents: M. Ali (82), Siti Hawa (72), Willi Surahman, Sutarmi (73), Agus (19), Sanusi, Arfiqo Alif (16), Yuda Irawan (29), and Susanti. Among them were those who had died of drowning and electric shock.

Source: Antara News

Jakarta’s streets still swamped with floodwaters: police

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Despite flash floods receding in sections of Jakarta and its greater areas, floodwaters still inundate several streets around this Indonesian capital city, Friday morning, for which the police urged motorists and drivers to exercise caution.

The Jakarta Metropolitan Police’s Traffic Management Center revealed on Friday morning that the submerged road sections included those in West Jakarta, such as Panjang Street in front of a McDonald outlet and Daan Mogot Street in front of Indosiar Building.

As of Friday at 4:57 a.m. local time, the floodwaters on Panjang Street in front of a McDonald outlet had reached 40 to 50 centimeters in height, while Daan Mogot Street was swamped with floodwaters estimated to reach 40-80 centimeters high as of 4:59 a.m. local time.

“Hence, at the moment, the road sections are highly risky for vehicles to pass by,” the police cautioned.

According to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), as of Friday morning, the death toll owing to floods inundating several areas in Jakarta, Bekasi, Depok, Bogor City, Bogor District, Tangerang City, South Tangerang District, and Lebak District over the past three days has reached 43.

Nine of the dead were Jakarta’s residents: M. Ali (82), Siti Hawa (72), Willi Surahman, Sutarmi (73), Agus (19), Sanusi, Arfiqo Alif (16), Yuda Irawan (29), and Susanti. Among them were those who died of drowning and electric shock.

Meanwhile, the Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has forecast torrential rains to pelt the areas of South and East Jakarta on Friday afternoon, so local residents were advised to exercise caution in the face of any unexpected eventuality.

In response to the impacts of flash floods submerging several parts of the provinces of West Java, Banten, and Jakarta, House of Representatives’ (DPR) Speaker Puan Maharani called on the government to conduct a comprehensive emergency response operation.

Maharani expressed deep condolences to the families of those killed in this week’s flash floods.

“In every catastrophe, rescuing the victims should remain our priority,” she noted in a press statement made available to ANTARA in Jakarta on Thursday (Jan 2).

To this end, Maharani highlighted the need to prioritize the rescue and evacuation of those trapped in risky places, adding that the emergency response operations should be conducted comprehensively in all affected areas.

The comprehensive operations encompass rescuing the victims, building temporary shelters and public kitchens, securing displaced people’s houses and properties, and adopting precautionary and preventive measures to deal with flood-related diseases, she remarked.

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) and all related ministries and government agencies were also called on to make utmost efforts to help those in need and restore the affected areas at the earliest, she noted.

The House appealed to all related parties to work synergistically to appropriately handle the impact of flooding, and those involved in these collaborative endeavors should give top priority to the public’s interests, she explained.

Source: Antara News