BNPB Explains Why 2 People Died Due to Landslides in Sorong, Papua
Jakarta - Head of the BNPB Disaster Data, Information and Communication Center, Raditya Jati, confirmed that two people had died due to landslides in Sorong City, West Papua.
According to him, the two victims died due to falling material due to the landslide that occurred.
"The two victims were reported by the provincial BPBD to be hit by landslides, which resulted in both deaths," Raditya said in his press release, Thursday (17/9/2020).
He added, based on information from the Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) of West Papua Province, the landslide disaster occurred on Wednesday night (16/9/2020) and damaged a house belonging to residents.
Apart from landslides , he continued, floods hit three districts in the same blood.
"Natural events were triggered by rain with moderate to high intensity on Wednesday, September 16 2020, at 16.00 WIT. In addition, the local BPBD's pantaun stated that the soil structure was unstable and eventually resulted in landslides with a water level of 10 to 100 cm," explained Raditya. .
He detailed that the three districts in Sorong City that were affected by the incident include Sorong District (Klademak Village, Remu Utara), North Sorong (Malaingkedi Village) and Sorong Manoi (Malabutor).
Meanwhile, according to Raditya, the submerged settlements are still in the BPBD data collection by deploying the BPBD Sorong City Rapid Response Team (TRC).
"We conducted a quick assessment and coordinated with Basarnas, TNI and Polri for the evacuation of victims," he emphasized.
Floods and landslides hit a number of areas in Sorong City, West Papua Province, after heavy rains hit the area on Wednesday (16/9/2020), from 16.00 to 21.00 WIT.
On field observation, the Klademak area in front of BRI, Jalan Nuri, Tanjung Pinang, Ataqwa area, kilometer eight, and kilometer 10 was flooded, causing traffic jams and many residents' two-wheeled vehicles on strike.
As well as the flood, a house in Sorong Manoi District, the area behind the Tax Office, was buried by a landslide which resulted in the death of two people in the incident.
Head of BPBD for Sorong City, Herlin Sasabone, when confirmed, confirmed that a mother and child had died due to landslides in Sorong Manoi District.
According to him, the two victims were found and evacuated by their families, assisted by local residents, by manually excavating the land.
He explained that the BPBD, Basarnas, Police and TNI teams went to the field but the two victims buried by landslides had been successfully evacuated by local residents.
"We will report the landslide incident to the Mayor of Sorong City and coordinate with the Social Service to provide assistance for the families of the victims," he said.
Herlin appealed to the people of Sorong City who live in areas prone to landslides to be more careful and always be alert when it rains.