The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) has called on all search and rescue components and societal elements in Banaran, a village affected by landslides in Ponogoro regency, East Java, to stay alert over the possibility of subsequent landslides.
“Based on the result of our evaluation together with the Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Agency [PVMBG] and the Gadjah Mada University’s Geology team, we must stay alert over the potential of subsequent landslides,” the BNPB’s deputy head for disaster emergency mitigation, Tri Budiarto, said as quoted by Antara on Tuesday.
Tri further said the risk of subsequent landslides remained high because there was a crack spanning from the slope of Bukit Gede to areas within a 150-meter radius on its left and right side.
Moreover, rain of medium to high intensity has continued to shower the area, hampering search and rescue operations on Sunday and Monday.
Tri said follow up mitigation steps conducted by the BNPB together with the search and rescue agency, local disaster mitigation agencies (BPBD), Indonesian Military and National Police aimed to urge locals to stay alert over the possibility of subsequent landslide.
"We have to remain vigilant. Not just people in Ponorogo but all people across East Java, Central Java and West Java must stay alert because of the high rainfall intensity," he said. So far, the search and rescue team has found only three out of 28 people reportedly buried. (dis/ebf)