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Tsunami damaged 69 hotels, villas: BNPB

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The Jakarta Post

-  /  Mon, December 24, 2018  /  02:38 pm
Tsunami damaged 69 hotels, villas: BNPB

Those who wish to spend the year-end holiday in the beach areas of Carita, Anyer and Tanjung Lesung in Banten, as well as southern Lampung may have to postpone their plans for a while. (JP/Keshie Hernitaningtyas)

Those who wish to spend the year-end holiday in the beach areas of Carita, Anyer and Tanjung Lesung in Banten, as well as southern Lampung may have to postpone their plans for a while.

A press release received by The Jakarta Post from the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said that as of Monday at 7 a.m., 69 hotels and villas were damaged as well as 611 houses, 60 shops and eateries and 420 ships and boats.

Casualties and damages are centered in five regencies namely Pandeglang (Banten), Serang (Banten), South Lampung (Lampung), Tanggamus (Lampung) and Pesawaran (Lampung).

Pandeglang, one of the regions hit hardest by the tsunami, has 10 subdistricts that suffered the most, including the beachside areas of Carita, Panimbang, Teluk Lada, Sumur and Tanjung Lesung. Among the damaged properties are Mutiara Carita Cottage, Tanjung Lesung Resort and Sambolo Beach Bungalows.

The Post was unable to contact Mutiara Carita Cottage by phone for comment. An automatic response said the phone line was damaged and being repaired. Phone calls to Tanjung Lesung Resort also went unanswered, but Sambolo Beach Bungalows answered the phone.

Dewi, a staff member who answered the call, confirmed that Sambolo Beach Bungalows had been affected by the tsunami but all of its guests were safe having been evacuated to higher ground prior to the disaster. The property is not open at the moment because the surrounding area still needs to be cleared of debris.

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Aston Anyer Beach Hotel informed the Post via a press release on Monday that it was largely unaffected and all guests and employees have been accounted for.

The release added that it had anticipated large waves, which occasionally occur during very high tides in December and January each year, by raising the hotel over 2 meters high and building a sea wall along the beach.

While the hotel is still operating as normal, it is encouraging guests and people visiting the hotel or the area to check the news for updates. (mut)

 

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