Land subsistence in Sukabumi increases

The land surface has continued to sink each day, and the cracks are widening. In Kertaangsana Village of Nyalindung Sub-district, land subsistence, reaching some three meters, has been observed in some paddy fields

Sukabumi, W Java (ANTARA) – The land surface displacement in Gunungbatu, Sukabumi District, has expanded to a wider area following revocation of the emergency status on May 6.

“The land surface has continued to sink each day, and the cracks are widening. In Kertaangsana Village of Nyalindung Sub-district, land subsistence, reaching some three meters, has been observed in some paddy fields,” a local figure of Kertaangsana Village Aseh Has noted here on Thursday.

The land subsistence has caused wide-ranging destruction to houses and farm lands, he remarked.

The disaster did not result in any casualties, but villagers, evacuated to safer grounds, feared that the effects of land surface displacement would eventually be felt at their evacuation camp, located not far from their village.

The rescue team (SAR) volunteers, along with the Indonesian military and police, have constantly monitored the land movement and advised the public against conducting activities in the area.

“Emergency aid for evacuees has steadily poured in from the government, donors, individuals, and state-run as well as private companies and remains sufficient,” he revealed.

In the meantime, Eka Widiaman, an official of the Sukabumi Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD), remarked that the authority had tried in vain to stop the land movement but did ensure that all villagers and their belongings were moved to a safer place.

“Until now, the disaster has ravaged 70 houses, while several dozen had incurred minor damage, but the figure may increase. The number of evacuees has reached 354 accommodated at several locations,” he added.

Source: ANTARA News