Search Operation for Leblancers of Brebes Landslide stopped

By : Herry Barus And Aldo Bella Putra | Friday, March 02 2018 - 14:00 IWST

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Bencana tanah longsor (Foto Dok - Jakarta - Head of Center for Data, Information and Public Relations National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said the search for landslide victims in the village of Pasir Panjang, Brebes, Central Java, was stopped on the seventh day or Wednesday (28/2/2018).

"The search for victims is not optimal due to natural factors," Sutopo said through a press release received by Antara in Jakarta on Thursday (1/3/2018).

Weighing landslide area that has a thickness of up to 20 meters and wide and rainy weather factors hinder the search for landslide victims.

Search stopped with seven victims still missing. In addition to seven people missing, Until Wednesday (28/2), the victim died 11 people and injured and still hospitalized as many as four people.

As many as 400 members of TNI / Polri, Basarnas, BPBD Brebes, Red Cross Indonesia (PMI), volunteers and some other elements returned to their respective places on Thursday afternoon.

Furthermore, BPBD Brebes coordinate with apparatus, volunteers and society in a limited way to clean the landslide material that endangers the community.

Sutopo said the landslide that occurred in Perhutani's production forest was purely a natural disaster.

"Landslide occurred not because of changes in land conservation or spatial planning," he said.

Landslide occurs in pine forests with topographic conditions are hills with a steep slope to steep slope.

The landslide is thought to be caused by heavy rains that occurred two weeks earlier during continuous soil causing movement.

Continuous rainwater falls into the cracks and fills the pores of the soil up to the stone of the napal which eventually becomes the field of slip that causes the ground above it to slide down.

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