ACTNews, PANDEGLANG - Rasti (57) was at her neighbor’s house on December 22, 2018 when the tsunami hit Sumur Subdistrict, Pandeglang Regency. The middle-aged woman was giving massage to her neighbors. Like her fellow villagers, she had not much knowledge about the activity of Mount Anak Krakatau that caused a massive tsunami that immediately swept away her neighborhood.
"I did not know anything, and I did not have time to run away either because it was night and there was no earthquake before. Suddenly, the water swept into the house. I was floating in the house, but still got a place to breathe. I continued trying to keep myself afloat until my feet could reach the ground. That’s when I left the house," said Rasti on Sunday (10/27).
Rasti can't remember how long she was trying to save herself, but it was certainly for hours. She also did not know how tall the wave was that swept that house. After leaving the house, she saw that everything had been washed away by the tsunami.
After the tsunami she slept near a chicken coop, in a sentry post, moving from one evacuation site to another until a temporary shelter was completed months later. However, life did not suddenly become easier. Previously, she was still able to stay in her neighbor’s house and work odd jobs. Now she lives alone and is only supported by her child.
The survivors of the Sunda Strait tsunami who still live in temporary shelters. (ACTNews / Reza Mardhani)
"Now I can only wait for support from my child. I also depend on humanitarian aid such as this one from Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) because I no longer have a husband and cannot work anymore. Previously, when I was staying in my neighbor’s house, I could still do some chores, even sew a little. But my sewing tools are now gone," said Rasti who received a food package from ACT.
Therefore, Rasti was happy for the assistance from the Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) in collaboration with Pusat Pengajian Al Zikri who was distributed to disaster survivors in the temporary shelter complex in Sumberjaya Village. Mohammad Giri Farras Syah of the ACT team explained that the assistance of food packages and education kits for hundreds of evacuees is a form of thanksgiving because the Family Waqf Well will soon be built for the survivors.
"We are distributing hundreds of food packages and education kits as a form of thanksgiving for the Waqf Well from Pusat Pengajian Al Zikri. The donation of the Family Waqf Well is a form of solidarity from the Pusat Pengajian Al Zikri to our brothers and sisters affected by the Sunda Strait tsunami," Farras said.