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The level of public preparation in Indonesia in the face of major disasters is still considered low. This was revealed by the Head of the Data, Information and Public Relations Center of the National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB), Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.

In addition, in the publication of his report, Sutopo revealed that the structural and non-structural mitigation that had been carried out so far was not a priority in regional development.

At present, there are still many disaster management efforts that focus only on emergencies. It must be considered that the efforts for prevention and preparation are still inefficient and should be improved.

Sutopo stressed that the continuing occurrence of disasters should be a lesson for all and that they should not be repeated in the future. Or even if it happens again, being prepared the impact of the disaster can be minimized.

Therefore, he suggested that disaster risk reduction and disaster mitigation should be integrated into development. Risk reduction and disaster mitigation should be a priority, as well the treatment of emergencies.

Meanwhile, until May 1, 2019, the number of victims killed by floods and landslides in the province of Bengkulu reached 30 people, another 6 have been declared missing.

The highest number of deaths was identified in the province of Bengkulu Tengah, with a total of 24 people, in the City of Bengkulu 3 people, and in Kepahiang 3 people.

The joint SAR team, coordinated by the Basarnas, is still focusing on the search for missing victims in the village of Talang Boseng, Susup and Kelindang.

The total temporary losses until the beginning of May reached 144 billion rupees. However, it is expected that this number will continue to grow given the extent of the flood and the magnitude of the impact. (Eti)


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