Landslides in Culamega Hit Houses, Farmlands, Livestock

Heavy rains that triggered landslides occurred in Culamega district of Tasikmalaya Regency. As a result of this disaster, dozens of houses and agricultural lands were damaged, and the residents' livestock were reported missing.

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The residents of Bojongsari Village of Culamega District in Tasikmalaya work together to clean up a road blocked by debris. (Private document)

ACTNews, TASIKMALAYA REGENCY – Heavy rains for two days hit Bojongsari Village, Culamega District, Tasikmalaya Regency, triggering landslides at several points. The disaster that occurred on Monday (9/13/2021) caused the access to the district to be blocked by debris. The landslides also damaged dozens of houses.

“The locals were worried about the long-lasting rain. Then, at around 1 p.m., the landslide occurred, blocking the main road in Bojongsari," said Ubed, one of the residents.

Ubed added that about 15 houses, agricultural lands and five livestock were lost to the flood. The local Disaster Mitigation Board (BPBD) appealed to residents to remain vigilant. The districts of Salawu, Cikatomas, Bojonggambir, Taraju, Puspahiang, Gunungtanjung and Culamega are among the landslide-prone areas in Tasikmalaya Regency.

Responding to this disaster, Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) and Masyarakat Relawan Indonesia (MRI) volunteers rushed to the disaster site to send urgently-needed aid, including food.  

"After receiving the information, we immediately came to the location with food supplies for the residents affected by the landslide. Alhamdulillah, there were no casualties, but residents are advised to remain vigilant because the area is prone to landslides, especially during the rainy season,” explained Diki Zakaria from the ACT Tasikmalaya Program Department.[]