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Jakarta Post

Landslides hit areas across Semarang

  • Suherdjoko

    The Jakarta Post

Semarang, Central Java   /   Fri, November 18, 2016   /  10:50 am
Landslides hit areas across Semarang Disaster-prone — Indonesian Military personnel work to clean up a road covered by thick mud after a landslide hit Sepakung village in Banyubiru, Semarang regency, Central Java, recently. An early start to the wet season has caused landslides across the province. (Antara/Aditya Pradana Putra)

An early start to the rainy season in Central Java has led to several areas across the province’s capital, Semarang, suffering landslides.

Heavy rain, which fell in Semarang from Sunday through Tuesday, caused landslides in five locations — two in Lempongsari and three others in Deliksari, Randusari and Tegalsari. All landslides occurred in hilly areas. No injuries or fatalities were reported in the incidents.

On Thursday, local residents continued to clean up and repair houses hit by the landslides. The landslide in Lempongsari subdistrict, Gajahmungkur district, damaged the back part of a house belonging to local resident Suratman when a huge rock struck his house. The home of another Lempongsari resident, Kristanto, was damaged when a retaining wall collapsed in the incident.

Semarang Mayor Hendrar Prihadi visited the affected sites on Wednesday. “I ask the Semarang Disaster Mitigation Agency [BPBD] to coordinate with the Indonesian Military, the National Police and local residents to jointly clean up and repair houses damaged by the landslides,” he said.

Hendrar added that his administration had mapped out areas with the potential to suffer from natural disasters, such as floods, landslides and high tides, during this year’s rainy season.

“We also want all residents to stay alert in facing this extreme weather,” he added.

BPBD head Budi Setiawan said 13 areas were prone to landslides in Central Java — Bongsari, Candi, Gisikdrono, Jomblang, Kembangarum, Lempongsari, Petompon, Randusari, Simongan, Tambakaji, Tembalang, Tinjomoyo and Wonosari. (ebf)

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