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Jakarta Post

Disaster mitigation agency kicks off program to train locals along Java’s south coast 

  • Asip Hasani

    The Jakarta Post

Blitar, East Java   /   Tue, July 23, 2019   /  02:27 pm
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Volunteers install a tsunami warning board at Tambakrejo Beach in Blitar, East Java, on Wednesday. (JP/Asip Hasani)

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) has embarked on a mission to train and empower locals living along Java’s southern coast vis-à-vis risks posed by potential tsunami and other types of disaster.  The expedition, known in the local acronym as Destana, from desa tanggap bencana (resilient villages), is among the preventive programs initiated by the BNPB that started on July 11 with Banyuwangi in East Java as the first destination. The expedition, which targets 584 villages in 20 regencies deemed in danger to tsunami, is expected to finish on Aug. 16 in Serang, Banten. According to the BNPB’s director of public empowerment, Lilik Kurniawan, the expedition team consists of 200 individuals, including officers from several relevant ministries and agencies, as well as scholars and volunteers. “The expedition will check the preparedness [o...