ACT Public Kitchen Serves Tasikmalaya Landslide Victims

Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) Tasikmalaya opened a public kitchen in Cikubang Village, Taraju Subdistrict, to provide prepared meals to the victims of the landslide that happened on Saturday (6/20)

Villagers working together to prepare lunch for the landslide victims in Cikubang VIllage

ACTNews, TASIKMALAYA – Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) and Masyarakat Relawan Indonesia (MRI) Tasikmalaya established a public kitchen to provide prepared meals for the flooding and landslide victims in Cibalong and Taraju subdistricts. The public kitchen in Cikubang Village of Taraju Subdistrict, was established on Sunday (6/21) morning, a day after the flooding and landslide hit Tasikmalaya. As for the meal packages for the flood victims in Cibalong Village was immediately distributed on Friday (6/19) evening.

ACT Tasikmalaya Program Team Coordinator Fauzi Ridwan explained when contacted by ACTNews, Sunday (21/6), volunteers have been immediately dispatched to respond to the needs of the victims. "Since Friday night, the volunteers have been sent to the Cibalong Subdistrict to assist the residents and distribute meal packages. This (Sunday) morning, the volunteers will return to clear the debris and distribute meal packages. This morning, we also activated the public kitchen in Taraju Subdistrict," explained Fauzi. Public kitchens and prepared meals every day provide 200 servings of nutritious food for the refugees.

Based on the data gathered by MRI Tasikmalaya, the landslide in Cikubang Village affected 30 houses and 96 residents. They sought refuge in mosques and their neighbors’ houses that are safe from the landslide.

“They are in an urgent need of warm clothing, meal packages, and blankets," continued Fauzi.

Since Thursday (6/18), heavy rains which had been falling on Tasikmalaya Regency caused flooding and landslides that destroyed bridges. Landslides were reported in Cigalontang, Gunungtanjung, Cibalong, Suakaraja, Puspahiang, and Parungponteng Subdistricts while Sukaresik and Cikatomas Subdistricts were hit by flooding. []