BNPB coordinates accelerated handling of Cianjur earthquake

BNPB coordinates accelerated handling of Cianjur earthquake

Residents evacuated in their yard in anticipation of aftershocks in Cijedil Village, Cianjur District, West Java, Monday (11/21/2022). ANTARA FOTO/Raisan Al Farisi/wsj.

Jakarta (ANTARA) - The National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) is coordinating with various related ministries and agencies in order to expedite the handling of the 5.6-magnitude earthquake in Cianjur District, West Java.

"The emergency response period is targeted to last for one week, and within that time, the search and evacuation process is expected to be completed," BNPB Head Lieutenant General Suharyanto noted in a statement received here on Tuesday.

Suharyanto also urged related ministries and institutions to work together and collaborate in order to speed up emergency response.

He said the BNPB had also deployed personnel and logistics to the disaster site and had prepared a helicopter for aid distribution.

Meanwhile, Chief Secretary of BNPB Lilik Kurniawan said that the top priority for handling emergencies was searching for and evacuating victims, handling refugees, and repairing vital facilities as well as clearing roads of materials that blocked road access.

In handling refugees, Kurniawan emphasized the importance of mutual cooperation to provide services to survivors and refugees.

Kurniawan also urged each related ministry and institution to place a liaison to facilitate coordination and communication, so synergy and collaboration of resources is expected to be optimized and to run effectively.

"In the search and evacuation of victims, search and evacuation as well as treatment of injured residents should be conducted," he stated.

An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.6 was centered on land, 10 km southwest of Cianjur District, West Java Province. This phenomenon occurred on Monday (Nov 21), at 13:21 WIB.

The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) stated that the strength of the earthquake was measured on the MMI or modified Mercalli intensity scale.

The Cianjur area experienced an earthquake on the MMI scale V-VI; Garut and Sukabumi MMI IV-V; and Cimahi, Lembang, Bandung City, Cikalong Wetan, Rangkasbitung, Bogor, and Bayah MMI III, while Rancaekek, South Tangerang, DKI Jakarta, and Depok on a MMI scale of II–III.

Based on the inaRISK study, 32 sub-districts in Cianjur District have moderate to high earthquake hazard potential.

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