Flood-stricken Bengkulu Tengah locals desperate for food relief

Several thousand flood- and landslide-affected residents of Central Bengkulu, Bengkulu, are desperately seeking relief — staple items, clothing, blankets, and tents — particularly those affected by landslides in MerigiSakti, MerigiKelindang, and Bang Haji.

“We have visited the MerigiSakti Sub-district area and held a meeting with the village officials and approached community shops to get a grasp of the key requirements of the public comprising basic necessities, tents, and clothing,” Bengkulu Branch Head of Action and Services for the Indonesian Christian Student Movement (GMKI) PurwantoPasaribu remarked when contacted from Bengkulu Province, Tuesday.

Pasaribu noted that the GMKI team is presently on a visit to MerigiSakti District and will head to a more isolated area in MerigiKelindang District, including Komring Village.

Along with encountering difficulties in reaching the location owing to road access being blocked following landslides, the GMKI team found it challenging to look for the landslide victims without assistance of heavy equipment, according to Pasaribu.

In addition to the sub-districts of MerigiSakti and MerigiKelindang, those residing in several villages hit by flash floods in Bang Haji Sub-district are yet seeking staple foods, sleeping mats, blankets, and tents.

“The flood-affected victims here also urgently require medicines, food, blankets, and supplies for children,” Bang Haji Sub-District Chief Edi Junaidi noted.

Flood victims comprising women, senior citizens, and toddlers in the villages of Genting, TalangPanjang, Titik, and TebatPenyengat too were frantically look for aid.

Coordinator of the Muhammadiyah Disaster Management Center (MDMC) of Bengkulu Province AgusWidianto stated that his team had managed to reach areas where vehicular access was blocked following landslides in PagarJati Village, PagarJati District.

“Four volunteers have reached the PagarJati area to map out the current conditions and gauge the victims’ key requirements,” he added.

Source: Antara News