The Jakarta Post
Valet parking: Search and rescue personnel search for victims of the Sunda Strait tsunami that might be trapped under the rubble of the Stephanie Villa complex at Carita Beach in Pandeglang, Banten, on Monday, December 24, 2018. (The Jakarta Post/Dhoni Setiawan)
The route between Anyer beach area and Tanjung Lesung in Banten has returned to normal following the closure caused by the Sunda Strait tsunami on Saturday.
According to the latest report, the road is currently passable for people either from Cilegon city or Pandeglang regency.
“There’s no more debris blocking the road,” Tourism Crisis Center head Guntur Sakti told tempo.co, adding that the accessibility was thanks to a joint effort by the Indonesian Military (TNI), the National Police (Polri), the National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) and other related agencies.
The locals who reside along Anyer beach and Tanjung Lesung are said to have lent a hand to clear the debris. Public facilities along the route are reportedly still being cleaned up.
The tsunami has caused damage to buildings in several areas. In Pandeglang regency, for instance, the waves have ruined 69 hotels and villas as well as 60 food stalls and stores. However, the area that is devastated the most is Carita. Eighty-five percent of Mutiara Carita, one of the hotels in the area, has been destroyed, including the property's 35 cottages and 24 rooms.
Another place, Sambolo Beach Bungalow, was also heavily damaged with only three out of 31 bungalows left unharmed. Both Rika Sambolo villa and Lucia Cottage also face a similar situation.
Guntur said around 50 percent of the hotels in the area were safe, but currently Carita has not yet welcomed any new guests. (wir/kes)