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ACTNews, SUKABUMI – The evacuation of the landslide victims in Cimapag Hamlet, SIrnaresmi Village, Cisolok Sub-District, Sukabumi, continues. Unfortunately, on Wednesday (1/2) morning, it had to be halted due to unfriendly weather.

Siti Maryam of Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) Emergency Response team reported that heavy rains had been falling continuously, making it difficult for the evacuation team. “The soil became very watery and slippery. It posed a danger for the team, not to mention several accesses to the location were blocked,” said Maryam, Wednesday (1/2).

In a written statement by Indonesian National Disaster Mitigation Board (BNPB), Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, BNPB spokesman, stated that the number of casualties has reached 15. The evacuation team were still searching for 20 missing victims.

“Previously, it was reported that 107 were buried, but the number has been updated to 101 casualties, with 32 families and 30 houses buried. The numbers were obtained from the local village government officials and local villagers. Hence, the joint Search and Rescue team are still searching for 20 missing victims,” explained Nugroho, Wednesday (1/2).

After the rain stopped at 2 p.m., Maryam reported that the joint rescue team, including ACT’s Emergency Response team, was allowed to continue the search. She further mentioned that two heavy-duty vehicles have entered the location to help the evacuation process.

“As per the instruction of the joint Search and Rescue team, we immediately continued the evacuation. Though the condition was not quite conducive, we continued to find the missing victims while trying to be extremely careful, prioritizing the safety of the rescue personnel,” she added,

Until the article was being written, ACT Emergency Response team, including Maryam, and other rescue personnel are still searching for the missing victims. “Hopefully, they all can be found today. It’s saddening to see the families that have been waiting for the news about their missing family members to this day,” concluded Maryam.

Cisolok Sub-District is located in the moderate to high landslide zone. Based on landslide potential map issued by Centre of Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation (PVMBG) in January 2019, there are 33 Sub-Districts in the moderate to high landslide potential. []