Date: 29 April 2020
JAKARTA - The National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) notes that hydrometeorological disasters are still the most frequent disasters in Indonesia.
"Data from January to April 2020, hydrometeorological disasters are still on top of the list of disasters," said Head of the BNPB Data, Information and Communication Center for Disaster Agus Wibowo through written information received by Kompas.com, Wednesday (4/29/2020).
Agus detailed, the total number of floods during the last 4 months amounted to 437 times, while the tornado 355 times, landslides 267 times, and drought 1 time. Meanwhile, other disasters include forest and land fires 119 times, earthquakes 4 times, volcanic eruptions 3 times, and tidal waves and abrasion 2 times.
Recently, floods inundated several areas of the prospective new capital city, Penajam Paser Utara Regency, East Kalimantan. Two sub-districts affected by the disaster are Sepaku District including Karang Jinawi Village, Tengin Baru, Sukara and Sepaku Village. Then, Penajam District including the Nenang and Lawe Districts. "The flood has receded, but only in Sepaku Village there are still puddles," said Agus.
Flooding also occurred in Pidie Jaya Regency, Aceh, on Tuesday (4/28/2020) yesterday. At least 2,000 families were affected by this disaster. The same disaster also occurred in Cilacap Regency, Central Java. According to Agus, the flood submerged 294 hectares of rice fields in Bojong Village, Kayuwangetan District.
Still in Cilacap Regency, a landslide occurred in Dondong Village, Kasugihan District. BPBD reported the length of the landslide reached 8 meters. Luckily, there were no casualties due to the incident. In addition to landslides, land cracks also occur in Cilacap district, specifically in Panulisan Timur Village, Dayeuhluhur District. Cracks resulted in a severely damaged housing unit.
Inundation had also occurred in South Jakarta and West Jakarta some time ago, although it immediately subsided. "Responding to the potential danger, the community is urged to always be ready and alert to the potential of natural disasters amid non-natural disasters, namely Covid-19 which hit all provinces in Indonesia," Agus said.