The Jakarta Post
Residents of 15 districts in Bogor regency, West Java, have been advised to move to safer places as their land is prone to shifting.
Land cracks were seen in Cimangurang village in Babakan Madang district from Saturday, the latest of such incidents in Greater Jakarta recently.
"The residents of Cimangurang village started to feel the crack in their houses as well as on the land on Saturday," the district head Yudi Santosa said on Tuesday
The land crack was more visible two days later with the width was about 1 meter while the length was about 150 meters.
“The land continues to crack little by little. Now, the width is about 1 meter,” he said as quoted by tempo.co.
Yudi said the phenomenon also affected about 25 houses and one mosque.
“There are four buildings that are prone to collapse, so the residents were moved,” he said.
Bogor Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPDP) secretary, Budi Pranowo, said Babakan Madang was listed as prone to land shifts.
“The land in that area continues to shift,” Budi said. Although there were no details about the land shifts, he said, it could physically damage buildings.
“We need to see the examination result with the geology team first, but we don’t have it now” he added.
The BPDP has yet to release a status for the area. However, Budi urged Babakan Madang residents to find safer places.
Based on the BPDP data, there are 15 districts that are vulnerable to land shifts. Besides Babakan Madang, other districts include Sukaraja, Taman Sari, Megamendung, Cisarua, Sukamakmur, Cariu, Cigudeg, Leuwiliang and Tamansari. (srz)