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Jakarta Post

Disasters loom amid COVID-19 pandemic

  • Dian Septiari


Jakarta   /   Sat, January 16 2021   /  01:00 am
Joint search and rescue personnel search for landslide victims in Cimanggung district, Sumedang regency, West Java on Jan. 11. A series of landslides occurring in the district claims the lives of at least 19 people, including several rescuers who are evacuating people already buried in a landslide.(Antara/Novrian Arbi)

After months of battling the coronavirus pandemic that has yet to show any signs of subsiding, the nation’s disaster mitigation agency is now expected to gear up for a string of natural disasters that may occur as the country enters the peak of the rainy season. In the first two weeks of 2021, the country has already been dealing with the devastating aftermath of an airplane crash, a landslide and an earthquake. On the very same day that news broke about the sudden disappearance of Sriwijaya Air flight SJ182 off the coast of Jakarta on Saturday, a series of landslides in Sumedang, West Java wreaked havoc and devastated dozens of families, with at least 16 dead and 23 more still missing.   Even before the airplane took off and plunged into the sea with 62 people on board mere minutes later, the flight was delayed for about an hour due to heavy rain. The real cause o...