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    Inaugurating Hundreds of Disaster Volunteers, Governor Focuses on Three Prone Areas

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    WEST BANDUNG REGENCY- The West Java Provincial Government places attention on three regions namely Cianjur, Sukabumi and Garut because it has the highest disaster hazard index in Indonesia. These three regions are often hit by disasters with the potential for landslides, floods, earthquakes, land movements and tsunamis.

    For this reason, West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil stressed that he would pay more attention to prevention and handling efforts including financial assistance to be provided.

    "The three major disaster vulnerability indices are in West Java, namely Cianjur, Garut and Sukabumi because of the frequent occurrences and certainly this is our attention," said Ridwan Kamil after commemorating 2019 Disaster Preparedness Day in Sesko AU Lembang, West Bandung Regency, "Friday (26 / 4/19).

    Emil, as he said, disaster preparedness cannot rely solely on the government but must also involve the community. Therefore, in the commemoration of Preparedness Day, the West Java Provincial Government and the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) confirmed hundreds of volunteers in the West Java Disaster Risk Reduction forum. These volunteers will be focused on these three regions. They have been trained in disaster by BNPB.

    "They have been very serious about practicing from Tuesday because we see that disaster preparedness stakeholders cannot only rely on the government but also have to involve the community," he said.

    Emil hopes that the skills and knowledge gained by these volunteers will be transmitted to the communities where they live. Because, he continued, from the results of the study only 30 percent of the people who survived the disaster by saving themselves.

    "The rest have no knowledge so that they have to be helped by others. So the more people who have skills in disaster preparedness, the better," he hoped.

    In the same place, the Head of BNPB Doni Monardo appreciated the enthusiasm of the volunteers involved in this disaster preparedness training. Doni said that Indonesia was among the countries that ranked highest in natural disasters.

    "There are 11 potential disasters such as Mount Merapi, earthquakes, liquefaction, tsunamis, floods, landslides, forest fires and many more. During the last 19 years Indonesia ranked second most victims, in 2018 alone reached 4,814 people died," he said.

    Doni invites all parties to fully understand the potential of disasters by recognizing threats and preparing their strategies. According to him, each region has a different threat character. "Lembang with regions in South West Java is certainly different in handling," said Doni.

    In preparing the strategy, Doni continued, there were a number of things that must be done, namely prevention, mitigation, preparedness, early warning and capacity building in both HR and institutions including the budget. (*)

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