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    West Java Provincial Government Immediately Formulate the Master Plan on Disaster

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    SUKABUMI REGENCY-The Regional Government of West Java Province is preparing a master plan or blue print of the resilience of life with disaster. In it there will be education for the community about disaster.

    This was revealed by the Governor of West Java Ridwan Kamil when reviewing the location of the landslide that occurred in Cigarehong Village, Cimapag Hamlet, Sirnaresmi Village, Cisolok District, Sukabumi Regency, Wednesday (2/1/19). Present accompanied the Regent of Sukabumi Marwan Hamami, Acting Chief (Kalak) of the West Java Province Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) Dicky Saromi.

    "The West Java Provincial Government is preparing a resilience master plan to live with disaster. In it there is education (about disaster)," said Emil, Ridwan Kamil's nickname.

    "Even in Karawang we have started to do schools for a curriculum that is responsive to disasters. So, we have done it without having to be formally done while formalized through documents that we have prepared in 2019," he added.

    Furthermore, Emil also explained that 60% of hydrological disasters occurred in West Java. West Java's natural characteristics require us to mitigate disasters, so that we can reduce the risk of disaster.

    "60 percent of the hydrological disasters occur in West Java. There or no human nature is really like that. There are people adding to the risks. So, I think we set it up," Emil said.

    For this reason, Emil instructed all regional heads in West Java to be aware of the potential for disaster in their regions. He revealed that geographically, the central region to the south of West Java has the potential for disaster in the form of landslides and the central to the north region has the potential for disaster, namely flooding.

    "Therefore, I instructed you to be alert to all regional heads if this landslide is graphically mostly (West Java) to the south. If it is to the north, the average event (disaster) is more flooding," explained Emil.

    "Why? Because geologically (West Java) to the south, the slope is steep. From the middle to the north, it is relatively flat," he added.

    Meanwhile, related to the landslide that occurred in Cigarehong Village, Cimapag Hamlet, Sirnaresmi Village, Cisolok Subdistrict, Sukabumi Regency, until 11.00 WIB the number of victims who had been evacuated had reached 13 people. 21 people were missing and eight people were identified.

    "We will continue to make efforts, we will not stop until the missing ones are found," Emil said while reviewing.

    The landslide that occurred on Monday evening, December 31, 2018, at 17.30 WIB, was caused by heavy rains which flushed the village. As a result, surface runoff occurs in forest areas and rice fields from the hills at the scene. Extreme water flow then caused hilly material to slide down the slope and hoard 30 housing units and 32 families (103 souls) were affected.

    "Today we see that the houses are not on the slopes, in terms of local wisdom the position has been adjusted," Emil said.

    "What happens is that there is an extreme flow of water, so that the land becomes labile and there is a rolling avalanche that spends one village which is in a flat position," he explained.


    2018, Year of Disaster Reflection

    West Java Province BPBD noted that in 2018 there were 1.560 disasters in West Java. 550 of them were landslides.

    "Indeed, this landslide disaster in West Java is one of the most disastrous. It was recorded that in 2018 the number of disasters recorded in the West Java BPBD was 1,560 disasters and 550 of them were landslides," Emil said.

    For Emil, 2018 becomes a reflection so that life is wiser and wiser with nature.

    "In 2018, I am reflecting on a year that has the most extraordinary disasters. So, our reflection is also to make life wiser and wiser," he said.

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