UGM-BPNB`s landslide warning system designated as international guide

UGM-BPNB`s landslide warning system designated as international guide

Illustration. Officers used heavy equipment to search for landslide victims in Desa Pasirpanjang Village, Salem, Brebes, Central Java, recently. (ANTARA PHOTO/Oky Lukmansyah)

Yogyakarta (ANTARA News) - The Landslide Early Warning System (LEWS), developed by Yogyakarta-based Gadjah Mada University (UGM) and the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) has been adopted as an international landslide warning guide.

The International Organization for Standardisation (ISO) officially designated LEWS as ISO 22327 after handing over the ISO certificate to the university at its Plenary Meeting Office in Sydney, Australia, on Friday.

With over 40 million people in Indonesia vulnerable to landslides, it is considered one of the country`s deadliest disasters.

"What we have achieved is the result of a long struggle," Teuku Faisal Fathani, one of LEWS` developers, said in a university statement.

UGM started developing simple landslide monitoring devices in 2006, working with villages, downtrodden regions and the Ministry of Transmigration, to get a complete early warning system capable of risk assessment as well as measuring public response, he said.

"This system continues to develop. So far, we have installed the system in 30 provinces and abroad," he said.

In 2014, the integrated early landslide warning system was included in the Indonesian National Standard (SNI) and upgraded a year later for the ISO, he said.

LEWS is Indonesia`s contribution to the world to share its knowledge and experience of saving people from the dangers of landslides, BNPB Chief Willem Rampangilei said.

"Let us save the planet from disasters, for the coming generations," Rampangilei said in a BNPB statement released Friday.

Reported by Luqman Hakim