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PLN starts fixing infrastructure following Banten tsunami

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, December 26, 2018   /   11:44 am
PLN starts fixing infrastructure following Banten tsunami Search and rescue team members search for victims of the Sunda Strait tsunami on Carita Beach, Banten, on Dec. 24. (The Jakarta Post/Dhoni Setiawan)

State-owned electricity company PLN has begun fixing infrastructure damaged by a tsunami that hit the Sunda Strait,  Banten and Lampung provinces, killing 429 people.

The disaster was triggered by underwater landslides following the eruption of Anak Krakatau.

PLN’s executive vice president of corporate communications and CSR I, Made Suprateka, said the company would accelerate the work, both in Banten and Lampung.

“PLN technicians  are working day and night,” said Suprateka said on Tuesday as reported by kompas.com.

In Bandar Lampung, particularly in Way Muliah village, Kalianda, PLN has fixed 27 out of 30 distribution stations, involving 40 technicians, the company said in a press statement, adding that 90 percent of the infrastructure had been fixed. 

In Pandeglang and Carita, Banten, PLN has fixed 180 electricity substations, while 68 other substations were undergoing repairs, the statement said, adding that 16 electricity poles that collapsed during the tsunami had been reinstalled. 

Personnel from Bogor, Banten and Jakarta were involved in the process.

Meanwhile, Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Ignasius Jonan said the ministry’s 17 emergency response teams had been deployed to help survivors.

He said some members were equipped with heavy equipment to collaborate with the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) and the National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) in the recovery process.  (bbn)