ACT and MRI Tasikmalaya Distribute Aid to Cikubang Landslide Victims

Basic assistance was given to the victims of the landslide that hit Cikuban Village on Saturday (6/20) after two days of heavy rain.

The team provided assistance to a mother sought refuge in a tent. (ACTNews / Fathya)

ACTNews, TASIKMALAYA - Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) and Masyarakat Relawan Indonesia (MRI) Tasikmalaya distributed food and other basic assistance to flood victims in Cikubang Village, Taraju Subdistrict, Tasikmalaya Regency, Monday (22/6). Previously, ACT and MRI also established a public kitchen and distributed meal packages to local residents on Sunday (6/21) morning.

ACT Tasikmalaya Program Team Coordinator M Fauzi Ridwan explained, volunteers were immediately sent to respond to the needs of affected residents. "Since Saturday (6/20), volunteers have been sent immediately to Cikubang to help local residents and distribute prepared meal packages. On Sunday, the volunteers returned to assist the locals and to activate public kitchen. In addition, we also distributed staples and other basic supplies that the locals urgently needed,” explained Fauzi.

The public kitchen serves up to 200 meal packages for the evacuees on a daily basis. The volunteers also distributed basic needs that consisted of blankets, mineral water, rice, baby diapers, sanitary napkins, clothes, prayer garments, and a set of cleaning tools.

Based on data collected by MRI Tasikmalaya, there are 30 families and 94 people in the village of Cikubang that were affected by landslides. The victims are now fleeing to the mosque and evacuation camps that have been provided by the village. Reported by Pikiran Rakyat, the landslide in Cikubang occurred after two consecutive days of raining.

"Initially there were indeed some residents who sought refuge in their neighbors’ houses that were safe. But, because they are worried, they ended up staying temporarily in mosques and tents," said Hendrayani, an MRI volunteer on the location. []