A total of 10 people died, 8 were lost and about 12,000 were displaced by floods and landslides in Bengkulu province, Indonesia.
The heavy rains that flooded the entire Bengkulu area on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia, from friday afternoon (26/6/2019) until saturday morning (4/27/2019), caused overflowing of rivers and landslides in many locations.
Disasters occurred in 9 areas of Bengkulu province, specifically in the city of Bengkulu, in the districts and cities of Bengkulu Tengah, North Bengkulu, Kepahiang, Rejang Lebong, Lebong, Seluma, South Bengkulu and Kaur.
According to the Head of the Public Information and Public Relations Center of BNPB, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, the impact of the disaster has continued to grow. According to the data on the impact obtained from a fast assessment by the province of Bengkulu, BPBD, there were 10 people dead, 8 disappeared, 2 seriously injured, 2 with minor injuries and 12,000 displaced, that is, at least 13,000 people affected for the disaster.
The physical damage recorded so far includes 184 houses, 4 educational facilities, 40 infrastructure points (roads, bridges, pipelines, sewers) distributed throughout the affected area that have a strong impact on the fishing industry in the region.
"At this moment we know some of the floods have decreased in several regions, but many lands in several regions are still flooded," Sutopo said.
The Head of the BNPB mentioned that another possible secondary impact, a product of the disaster, which may arise, is the appearance of gastrointestinal and skin diseases, among others, due to the lack of clean water. In addition, landslides and floods can happen again if it continues to rain.
Emergency management continues. The Governor of the province of Bengkulu, Rohodin Mersyah, ordered all the ranks of the SKPD (security body) in Bengkulu to mobilize the existing potential in the area to assist in the handling of disaster emergencies.
Flooding in Bengkulu
The Governor of Bengkulu reported on the impact of the disaster to the Head of BNPB, Doni Monardo, who sent the Rapid Response Team to provide financial assistance for any emergency. It was recommended that neighboring regional chiefs also be experiencing disasters that immediately establish a state of emergency to accelerate emergency management.
"The Parent Post" mentions that in the province of Bengkulu, where it established the emergency operations room, refugee camps were also set up in 12 locations. The coordination meetings continue every day. The rescue, the search for victims and the evacuation of those affected are carried out with homemade material. Public kitchens have already been established and food is distributed. There has been a deployment of support from regional government officials, Regional Police, TNI / Polri, Lanal, BASARNAS, Tagana, ACT, PKPU, MDMC, students, Association of Chinese Organizations of Bengkulu and others.
Emergency repairs have been carried out, especially to restore distribution and transportation channels. To remove the earth body that moved on the road the local government has used heavy equipment (excavators) so that access to the road could be passed. For roads and bridges that have been broken and have not yet been repaired, a data and safety collection has been carried out by installing warning signs on the road and the relevant deviations.
The limitations faced by emergency management at this time are the difficulty of reaching the affected places, since access by land has been completely cut off. Coordination, communication and logistics distribution between the province and the city is difficult, as much electricity is cut off. In addition, the area of Bengkulu is very large, and the acute damages are very far from each other, making it difficult to access all locations. The limited budget is another problem, because it has to be divided between the most immediate current needs: refugee camps, rubber boats, blankets, non-preferential food, clean water, baby items, emergency lights and the transportation of professional rescuers and volunteers.
"We are still carrying out data collection on the impact of the disaster, and the community is urged to raise awareness, since high intensity rains may still occur in the territory of Indonesia," Sutopo said in his report.