A Cimuncang resident walks by a road damaged by landslide in Majalengka,
West Java, on Wednesday. (JG Photo/Rezza Estily)
Landslides Force Nearly 2000 Out of Their Homes in West Java Village [Jakarta Globe; 3 May 2013]
Almost 2,000 people will be relocated from a village in West Java after continued ground movements and landslides have destroyed homes and infrastructure throughout the last two weeks.
An official on Friday said that 659 families, or 1,957 people, from Cimuncang village, Majalengka, will be moved as a result of the destruction.
The ground began to shift in the area on April 14 and has since slowly continued, collapsing houses and severing roads and bridges. Reports state that 587 houses, 16 houses of worship, one office and five schools have been damaged and that two kilometers of road and a bridge are now impassable. Three irrigation channels were also impacted.
“They are willing to be relocated to safer ground, that is in Wirasari village in the Malausma subdistrict of Majalengka,” Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), said.
Sutopo said that the governments of West Java and the Majalengka district have prepared 38 hectares of land to relocate the people from Cimuncang, and will also provide them with financial assistance to rebuild homes.
“So far, they are still seeking shelter at the homes of families and friends and at two temporary shelters in Cimuncang and Ciranca villages,” he said.
Sutopo added that the displaced people have been provided with supplies like instant noodles, canned fish, cooking oil, mineral water, tents, baby supplies and more.
The Majalengka disaster mitigation agency has also set up a soup kitchen and a health post at the two temporary shelters.
Sutopo said that the first soil movements took place in the Tai Urug hills, approximately one kilometer away from Cimuncang.
“The shifting soil is still taking place, but there has been no fatalities,” Sutopo said.