ACT-MRI NTT Crosses Nearly Collapsed Bridge to Reach Remote Areas

Difficult access didn’t make the ACT team, as well as the volunteers to give up from distributing assistance to the flood survivors in West Malaka District, Malaka, East Nusa Tenggara. The nearly-collapsed bridge was crossed by the team in order to distribute food aid to the remote areas.

Masyarakat Relawan Indonesia - Aksi Cepat Tanggap Belu volunteers crosses the Benenain Bridge.
Masyarakat Relawan Indonesia - Aksi Cepat Tanggap Belu volunteers crosses the Benenain Bridge which was nearly collapsed to deliver food aid to the disaster survivors in West Malaka District, Tuesday (4/13/2021). (ACTNews/Ubaidillah)

ACTNews, MALAKA – Malaka Regency was one of the areas in East Nusa Tenggara which were severely affected by the flash flood on Saturday (4/3/2021). The floods damaged the Benenain bridge to the point that it nearly collapses.

Wahidin from Masyarakat Relawan Indonesia - Aksi Cepat Tanggap Belu said, the Benenain bridge has a 45 degrees slope and is nearly collapsed. The bridge can still be passed by pedestrians and motorcycles.

On Tuesday (4/13/2021) from Belu, Atambua, the team had to journey for four hours due to the detour route to Betun, Malaka. The 60 kilometers route travelled by the team was twice as slow due to the damaged Benenain Bridge. From Betun to West Malaka, the team still had to travel for another 1.5 hours.

“It’s been 10 days since the disaster happened, yet there is no assistance arrived for the survivors in West Malaka District. Today (Tuesday), even though access to the district is very challenging, we are eager to deliver the assistance to the right hand. Hence, the survivors in the remote areas can receive the same assistance. The car that carried the aid packages couldn’t pass the road so we used a cart to carry them,” said Wahidin.

ACT-MRI volunteer is preparing assistance for West Malaka District. (ACTNews/Muhamad Ubaidillah)

Wahidin continued, if they didn’t push ourselves to go through the nearly collapsed bridge, the isolated survivors would not be able to receive any help. According to Wahidin, a lot of donors didn’t want to pass the Benenain bridge, thus the assistance was only distributed to the survivors in Central Malaka District which is located before the broken bridge.

The aid packages include foods such as rice, cooking oil, side dishes, milk, salt, and cookies. The aid packages also include clothing for the flood survivors. []