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After a Month, Floods and Landslides still Threaten Residents of Bogor and Lebak

A month after the floods and landslides hit Bogor, West Java and Lebak, Banten, on Jan.1, the conditions of people affected by the calamity have not yet changed.

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The walls of a house that was destroyed in a flash flood on 27 Jan. 2020 still stand in Seupang, Pajagan village of Sajira, Lebak regency, Banten. The overflowing Ciberang River inundated several areas in Banten early this month, including Seupang. The kampung’s residents are reluctant to return to the area for fear of further disaster, although the area has been designated for developing into a water reservoir.

BOGOR, KOMPAS – According to data released by the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) on Wednesday (29/1), the number of people affected by the floods and landslides in Lebak reached a total of 17,860. Nine people died and 699 others were displaced. In Bogor regency, as many as 29,752 people were affected by landslides. Until now, most of the victims remain in emergency shelters or are taking refuge in relatives\' homes or rent houses.

In Harkatjaya village, Sukajaya, Bogor regency, on Tuesday (28/1), 92 people still live the temporary shelters. They are crammed into a tent measuring about 20 meters to 5 m. A similar condition was also seen in the Pasir Madang village, Kiarapandak village in Sukajaya district and Sukaraksa village in Cigudeg district.

Syahnan Rangkuti
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