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ACTNews, GUNUNGKIDUL – Entering a long dry season, the aftermath of drought was felt by people in some regions of Gunungkidul Town, Yogyakarta, on Monday (6/17). According to BPBD (Badan Penanggulangan Bencana Daerah/Regional Board of Disaster Management), at least ten districts in Gunungkidul experienced drought that led to water crisis in the whole 2019.

These ten districts were Purwosari District, Tepus District, Ngawen District, Ponjong District, Semin District, Patuk District, Semanu District, and Paliyan District. In detail, approximately 50 villages with 21.519 families or 76.514 people were impacted.

Meanwhile, according to monitoring of MRI (Masyarakat Relawan Indonesia/Indonesia Volunteer Society), the most impacted districts were the ones in southern Gunungkidul. “Most water wells dried up, and as the result, villagers depended on local PAM (Water Drinking Company), the debit sometimes can’t cover the needs of villagers. Villagers who don’t own any PAM only used water from ponds nearby,” Winarno, volunteer of MRI Gunungkidul, revealed.

As a response to drought in Gunungkidul, which happened annually, ACT Yogyakarta planned a series of programs to ease the long impact. Head of ACT Yogyakarta branch, Bagus Suryanto, said that his team would distribute clean water for residents impacted by drought.

“We prepare Clean Water Dropping program for neighborhoods throughout Gunungkidul. Insha Allah, this distribution would be carried out using tank truck with 5.000 litres of capacity. It will drive around villages to distribute clean water to community,” Bagus explained.

Bagus added, for long term programs, ACT through Global Wakaf would cut clean water crisis in Gunungkidul by building Waqf Water Well, a type of water well drilled by Global Wakaf. Until now, it was recorded that several Waqf Water Well had been built in Gunungkidul in 18 spots with various depth, from 50 meters to 100 meters.

“Be it Clean Water Dropping or Waqf Water Well, I hope that our effort can help thousands of Gunungkidul villagers who were impacted by drought,” Bagus closed. []