Landslides Hit Two Villages in Cianjur

Cianjur Disaster Mitigation Board (BPBD) reported that the landslide hit two houses and the school building of Madrasah Aliyah Nurul Aklam. Two families who are affected are forced to temporarily evacuate to their relatives.

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The two houses hit by the landslide in CIanjur. (BPBD Cianjur Regency)

ACTNews, CIANJUR — Landslides that occurred in Cianjur Regency affected Merkamulya Village in Cikalongkulon District and Sukabungah Village in Campakamulya District, Monday (9/20/2021).

Disaster Mitigation Board (BPBD) of Cianjur reported that that the landslides hit two houses and the school building of Madrasah Aliyah Nurul Aklam. Two families who are affected are forced to temporarily evacuate to their relatives.

One resident of Mekarmulya Village suffered serious injuries and was treated at Cianjur Regional General Hospital.

Head of the Emergency Department of BPBD of Cianjur Regency, Asep Sudrajat, explained that subsequent landslides might occur considering that Cianjur Regency is in an area with moderate to high landslide potential. Based on InaRISK analysis, as many as 29 districts are in this category, including the Cikalongkulon District and Campakamulya District.

"According to the Indonesian Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysical Agency’s early warning system, there’s still a potential for light to moderate rain in Cianjur until tomorrow,” he said.

What to do when a landslide happens

Erry Saptadi of Disaster Management Institute of Indonesia (DMII)’s Training, Education and Development Division explained that there are several things that can be done when a landslide occurs. First, stay alert and wake up the whole family. Many landslides happen when most people are fast asleep.

"Get out immediately from the path of the landslide or debris flow," explained Erry when contacted Monday (9/20/2021).

He added, if it is impossible to escape, get down and protect your head. This position will provide the best protection for the body.

Next, observe your surroundings. if there is a flow of mud or mud mixed with rocks, be prepared for a big landslide to occur. Prepare to evacuate as soon as possible when a sudden change in the water flows, or if the previously clear water becomes suddenly cloudy.

“This sudden change indicates landslide activity at the top. Don't wait, save yourself," he said.

When evacuating, carefully avoid cracked roads, for it can cause additional landslides.

"Identify potential risks and hazards around your family and immediately make a mitigation plan so that all family members are protected from disasters," said Erry.[]