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One dead, two injured in West Java landslide

  • Arya Dipa

    The Jakarta Post

Bandung   /   Sat, November 21, 2020   /   12:00 pm
One dead, two injured in West Java landslide Authorities operate heavy equipment at a landslide site in West Bandung regency, West Java, near the 118 kilometer point of the Cipularang toll road. (Antara/M Agung Rajasa)

One person is dead and two others injured after a landslide struck Sindangkerta village, Cianjur, West Java, on Friday.

The landslide occurred following high intensity rain affecting the unstable land contour in the area, National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesman Raditya Jati said, citing a report from the Cianjur Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD).

The landslide damaged a car and motorcycle, while debris also covered a section of a road.

Raditya said an emergency team from the Cianjur BPBD had evacuated the victims from the site and taken them to Sukanegara community health center (Puskesmas) for treatment.

“The agency and locals have also cleaned up debris that covered the road,” Raditya said on Friday.

The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has forecast heavy rains with strong winds and thunder in West Java until Saturday.

Other areas with similar forecasts include Aceh, North Sumatera, West Sumatra, Riau, Bengkulu, Jambi, South Sumatera, Bangka Belitung and Lampung.

Banten, Jakarta, Central Java, Yogyakarta, East Java, West Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan, North Kalimantan, East Kalimantan, Central Sulawesi, Maluku, West Papua and Papua are also expected to see heavy rainfall.

Raditya urged people and the authorities to stay vigilant of possible disasters in the coming weeks. He also urged regional administrations to maximize their resources for disaster mitigation. (ami)