Traveled 18 hours, Human Initiative Emergency Response Team Successfully Arrived at the Banjir Bandang Location of North Luwu

Traveled 18 hours, Human Initiative Emergency Response Team Successfully Arrived at the Banjir Bandang Location of North Luwu

15 July 2020

North Luwu – The Makassar branch of the Emergency Response Human Initiative was undertaking a great struggle when they were about to visit the flash flood location, North Luwu, South Sulawesi. The team, which was strengthened by five people, took at least 18 hours to travel to the location.

As we know, the Hydrometeorological Disaster hit the South Sulawesi Province again, Monday (13/7/2020). So that it caused flash floods that hit six sub-districts in North Luwu Regency.

Based on the local BPBD report this afternoon (15/7), after the flood, 156 families (655 people) were displaced and 4,202 families (15,994 people) were affected.

While material losses were recorded 4,930 housing units were submerged, 10 housing units washed away, 213 housing units buried in sand mixed with mud, 1 Koramil office 1403-11 was submerged in water and 1 m of mud, bridges between villages were cut and cross-provincial roads were buried by mud as high as 1 to 4 m .

The Emergency Response Team for the South Sulawesi Human Initiative branch swiftly went down to the location of the banjir bandang. However, this good intention does not always go easy.

“We took 18 hours of travel (to the location). We departed Monday (13/7/2020) evening at 22.00 WITA until here at Tuesday (14/7/2020) 18.00 WITA, “said Indra Budi Legowo, Head of the South Sulawesi Human Initiative Branch.

The provincial road is buried in mud material, thus blocking access to the main command post and the affected locations. As a result, personnel in the field have to rotate as far as 10 km in order to access the affected locations.

“After penetrating isolated areas, we immediately distributed mineral water to the affected residents,” he continued.

Upon arrival at the location, the Human Initiative also coordinated directly with the Local Government, BPBD and BNPB. Then the Emergency Response Personnel team carried out the evacuation process.

In addition, the team also brought a 4WD car fleet equipped with evacuation equipment, generators, drinking water logistics, ready-to-eat food, and did not forget to set up a water kitchen for the affected residents. (FRD / HI)

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