ACTNews, LEBAK - Floods and landslides that hit Lebak Regency on Friday (12/6) affected three hamlets in Citorek Kidul Village, Cibeber District. These three hamlets are Ciusul, Bojong Mangu, and Citorek Hamlets, which were isolated due to the floods and landslides.
On Sunday (12/8), Aksi Cepat Tanggap distributed aid packages to affected residents in the three hamlets. "We are distributing aid packages to as many as 30 families in the three hamlets that are isolated. The aid included blankets, mattresses, home care supplies, proper clothes, and instant food," said Sukma from ACT Banten Program Team.
The villagers are currently still in need of instant food, blankets, and needs as well as a number of tools such as hoes, dustpan and cleaning tools. Until now, access to their villages has been cut off so they are still expecting more aid to come to meet their daily needs.
The locals worked together to clean the road with the tools they had. (ACTNews)
"Most of them are not directly affected by the floods and they remain at home now because they are far from the disaster site. However, the access to these hamlets are blocked so that the villagers are still waiting for the debris to be cleared by heavy equipment from the government," explained Sukma.
Nine of the families who received assistance had to evacuate because their houses were damaged by floods and landslides. They now have to stay in the homes of their closest relatives.
The locals were grateful for the aid from ACT. Ompreng, one of the victims who works as a miner said that the disaster that struck the Citorek Kidul Village was not a threat to their lives, but it threatens their livelihood.
"This disaster did not cause casualties, but it severely affects our source of income. Our food and clothes were destroyed, so were our rice barns, rice fields, plantations, and our lost livelihoods," Ompreng said.
Reported by Kompas, the floods hit Lebak after heavy rains fell on Friday (12/6). Two rivers, namely the Cisantayan River in Cibeber Subdistrict and Cimandur River in Bayah Subdistrict, overflowed. The height of this flood varies, from 30 cm to the height of an adult’s height.
The flood broke some of the bridges, including bridges that connect Cipulus and Ciusul, Cikidang Bridge in Cisungsang, and suspension bridges that connect Curug Bandung and Pasir Gombong Bayah. In addition, there were also recorded 12 points that were hit by landslides after heavy rains hit Cibeber Subdistrict.