Two have been found dead and 26 are still missing.Adelia Anjani Putri 03 April 2017 13:30
Local government is considering to relocate victims of landslide n Banaran village, Pulung sub-district, Ponorogo, East Java to a safer place.
The landslide happened on Saturday and stretches for 1.5 kilometers.
“The different morphology (of the land) makes the soil flow goes far from the landslide point,” Dwikorita, the rector of Gajah Mada University who visited the location, said yesterday.
Two victims have been found dead while 26 others are still missing, according to a statement by the National Mitigation Agency (BNPB) this morning. Rain is still falling, making the search and rescue process more difficult to conduct.
Head of BNPB Willem Rampangilei said that his agency is working with the university and several other organizations to conduct a study on how to recover the area and the people as soon as possible.
They have also asked for a relocation for Banaran village.
“We’ve asked the local government to provide a space to relocate the victims. The district head has approved the people’s suggestion to build (shelters and homes for the victims) at their farms, but we will study it first to see whether the location is safe and not at risk of further disaster,” Willem said.
BNPB continues Banaran’s state of emergency until April 15 and will continue the search and rescue process until that date. The agency has also distributed a Rp 500 million aid for emergency operational cost.