JAKARTA, NNC - The Head of the Data Center, Information and Public Relations of the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said landslides continue as rainy season is coming.
The frequency of landslides continues to increase with increasing rainfall. Millions of people are exposed to the threat of landslides with disaster mitigation capabilities that are still minimal, due to landslides often cost lives.
Landslides continue to occur fairly evenly in several regions in Indonesia. It has been recorded that there have been 430 landslide events in Indonesia since 1/1/2018 until 12/13/2018. The impact was 129 people died and disappeared, 115 people were injured, 37,933 people were displaced and affected, and 1,948 houses were damaged.
"It is estimated that landslides will continue to increase along with increasing rainfall. Rainfall peaks in this period are mostly in the coming January-February 2019," Sutopo said on Thursday (12/13/2018).
Sutopo urged the public to always be vigilant. Predictions of areas prone to monthly landslides throughout Indonesia can be seen on the PVMBG website, even at the sub-district level with low, medium and high levels of danger.
Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD), other officials and the community can use the map as a reference to improve socialization and awareness.
According to Sutopo, landslide disaster mitigation, both structural and non-structural, still needs to be improved. The landslide early warning system is still very limited. Only around 300-400 units in the area are prone to landslides, while their needs are more than hundreds of thousands of units.
Limited budget for both the State Budget and Regional Budget means that not all landslide-prone areas have early landslide warnings. The role of the business world and SOE/Regionally Owned Enterprises is also still very minimal in assisting the procurement of this device in its operational area.
Likewise, the socialization to the community regarding anticipation of landslides also still needs to be improved according to Sutopo.