"I will invite all regional heads in the West Java area on November 30 in Bogor and Depok to discuss about response evaluation regarding potential disasters," Kamil stated during a preparation call to handle potential disasters at Diponegoro Street, Bandung, Tuesday.
The governor later noted that his administration had readied the West Java Province Resilience Blueprint for disaster mitigation that encompassed disaster budgeting, disaster mitigation training, and others.
"The blueprint contains disaster budgeting, disaster mitigation training, and so on. The budget must be concrete, and soon, we will arrange and evaluate it," he remarked.
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Kamil noted that in October 2021, some 500 natural disasters had struck West Java. Most disasters were hydrometeorological in nature or those that occurred by meteorological parameters, such as rainfall, humidity, temperature, and wind.
"Hopefully, less disasters would strike West Java. We will focus on building a better West Java for everyone," Kamil stated.
Based on the record, Kamil noted that West Java faces the likelihood of disaster on a yearly basis.
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"Every year, around 1,500-2,000 disaster reports of West Java come to light. Most of the disasters are hydrological. Floods usually occurred from Central Java to North West Java. Meanwhile, landslides largely occur from Central Java to South West Java," he remarked.
Kamil noted that the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysical Agency (BMKG) had issued a warning of extreme rainfall during the rainy season from December 2021 to January 2022.
"Since October, we have been warned about the extreme weather. Our disaster mitigation officers are ready. We have new equipment, and we have prepared a public kitchen from the regional military command (Kodam), complemented the existing public kitchens from National Police (Polri), Search and Rescue (Basarnas), and the other institution," Kamil affirmed.
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