The victims of the floods and landslides that affected 9 regions in the province of Bengkulu continue to increase.
According to information from the National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB), until Monday, April 29, 2019 at 08.30 hrs., 29 people had already died, 13 had disappeared, 2 were seriously injured and 2 with minor injuries.
The highest number of deaths, 22 in total, due to a single landslide occurred at the foot of Bungkuk Mountain, in the Central District of Bengkulu. Meanwhile, in Kepahiang 3 people were reported dead, in Lebong 1 person and in the City of Bengkulu 3 more.
From the 29 deceased, 28 bodies have been identified, 1 body is still in the process of identification.
As for the disappeared, there are a total of 13 people; one in the Province of Kaur, two in the City of Bengkulu and 10 in the province of Bengkulu Tengah.
The head of BNPB's Public Information and Public Relations Center, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, revealed in his report that the joint SAR team continues to search, rescue and evacuate the victims. Staff of the BPBD, TNI, Polri, SKPD, Basarnas, Tagana, PMI, NGOs, mass organizations, volunteers and the community in general have also been deployed to assist in the handling of emergencies in the region.
Meanwhile, two sub-districts in Bengkulu Tengah, Merigi Sakti and Pagar Jati, are still isolated due to the interruption in the only road that communicated them with the outside.
The disaster of the floods and landslides in Bengkulu also caused around 12,000 people to be forced to flee. The material disaster is counted in 184 houses, 7 educational facilities, 40 infrastructure points that cover roads, bridges, tunnels and culverts.
Displaced victims still need assistance in the form of refugee tents, rubber boats, blankets, ready-to-eat foods, clean water, baby supplies, emergency lights, as well as the construction of bridges and emergency roads.
Flood in Sulawesi (Fuente: Sutopo BNPB)
Meanwhile, from Sigi, Central Sulawesi, it was reported that there were flash floods from the hills that transported mud to the communities. As a result, the settlements in Bangga, south of Dolo, in the district of Sulteng, were submerged up to 3 meters. According to reports, at least 1,000 families were displaced and, until now, the mud is still closing the settlement. (Eti)