West Java News and information about potential disasters in different regions
News about West Java has recently been full of many natural disasters that have struck the country on Earth. Almost all of West Java (West Java) has the potential to experience floods, landslides, and other disasters. For example, the areas of Garut, Bogor, Bandung and Cipahi. These four regions are relatively high-risk.
Not only people in rural areas close to mountains and rivers, but also urban areas have the potential to experience this. The executive side of the West Java Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) said disaster-prone mapping had been prepared down to the village level.
Despite this, earthquakes, tidal floods caused by rising seawater, and disasters caused by extreme weather changes cannot be predicted when they come. Therefore, all levels of society are urged to be vigilant at all times. Because public understanding and awareness is essential to increase vigilance.
The floods, landslides and earthquakes that occurred in 2020 are valuable experiences so that the government and community do not lower their level of vigilance. Especially in the midst of extreme weather changes that can occur at any time. In 2020, there were 1,387 landslides triggered by heavy rainfalls.
Natural disasters in West Java can cost lives, as many settlements are built on hillsides and steep slopes. It is valid not only in one region, but in different regions in West Java. The following is an explanation of the risk of natural disasters in several regions of West Java:
Risk of disaster in Garut Regency
Reports on West Java said that high rainfall levels across the country, particularly in the West Java region, increase the potential for landslides and flooding. Garut is one of the highest risk districts in West Java, so it requires special attention.
In general, the area prone to landslides is central to the south. The central to northern part is more likely to be affected by flooding. The topographic conditions of many hilly mountainous areas make the area of West Java, especially Garuta, vulnerable to soil movements and flash or tidal flooding.
The rains that fell from the South Garut area to the north coast caused BPBD Garut to spread the call to sub-districts for awareness of potential disasters. In the northern region, the threat of landslides and flash floods is located in Malangbong district and in the southern region of Pakenjeng, Banjarwangi. Talegong, as well as Cisewu.
West Java News continues to update the latest information on potential disasters and urges the public to inform the nearest government if they see the potential for natural disasters nearby. Even the smallest potential must be reported, because preventive measures are very important.
Risk of disaster in Bogor
In addition to Garuto, Bogor also has a high potential for disaster. Floods are most common in the area of Puncak, Bogor. Some time ago there was a flash flood that caused Kampung Rawa Dulang to be submerged along with an avalanche of mud.
Reports from West Java have revealed that the possibility of flooding and landslides is still very high in the area. Residents are expected to be able to indicate disaster occurrences by paying attention to whether there are vibrations, changes in hardened well water, cracked soil surfaces, overflowing river water, and other indications in the soil and hills.
Heavy rains that continue to fall increase the possibility of flooding and landslides, so the local government and the community have set up warning posts. This post is always in standby mode for 24 hours. You can contact or visit your nearest post office to obtain or provide information.
This disaster preparedness site is located on Jalan Pangeran Sogiri, Jalan Layungsari, Jalan Kebon Pedes, Jalan Sudirman and Riau Square. The officers are a combination of police officers, NI/Polri, Tagana, Linmas and the local community. Not only providing disaster reports in West Java , but also preparing disaster management equipment.
It is estimated that the potential for becana will still be high in the Bogor area during the rainy season until the end of March. So that the public is not expected to relax its vigilance and will always update up-to-date information on the possibility of floods and landslides. Especially those who live around rivers and hills.
Disaster risk in the Greater Bandung area
Reports on West Java state that the city of Bandung is one of the areas with natural disastersand has been included in the scale of national priorities for disaster reduction. This area of 2.5 million people has the potential to experience floods and earthquakes caused by the presence of active volcanoes.
In addition, landslides, fires and liquefaction due to continuous settlement construction make the risk even higher. Currently, not only the city center, but hilly areas are also used as targets for the construction of settlements, which increases the risk of natural disasters.
The government of Bandung itself has implemented various preventive measures from building disaster preparedness sites, increasing firefighter preparedness and starting to tighten building permits for settlements. In reports on West Java, specifically for the Bandung city area, it is said that the construction of evacuation routes is still very low.
Currently, the most important thing is to build evacuation routes in different buildings or high-rise buildings as a means of rescuing victims when something unexpected happens. Bandung’s urban communities cannot depend solely on the SAR team, so they need to improve mitigation of natural disasters and fires.
Disaster risk in Cimahi City
The city of Cimahi has not escaped the risk of earthquakes since 2010. Because this city in West Java directly intersects with the Lembang fault. Earthquakes can occur at any time because the distance of the fault is so close.
In reports on West Java, it was reported that the acting mayor of Cimahi, Ngatiyana, informed that an earthquake is very likely and difficult to predict. We ask the public to always be vigilant and prepared to avoid falling victims during the earthquake.
The northern and southern regions of Cimahi have a high potential for disaster and cannot be avoided. However, communities can help reduce the impact of disasters by participating in education on earthquake management measures and community preparedness worker formation.
Interestingly, from 2010 to 2021, there were 14 earthquakes with a magnitude of 1.5 to 3.4 on the Richter scale, which shook the West Java region, especially Cimahi and Bandung. Until now, the potential has not decreased at all and even tends to increase, both in terms of frequent occurrences and in terms of strength level.
Not only flooding caused by the active Lembang Fault, the city of Cimahi also has the potential to experience floods, landslides and tornadoes and fires. Between 2017 and 2019, there were at least 67 floods, 39 landslides and 19 tornadoes that claimed lives.
In addition, fires occurred at least 105 times and led to considerable amounts of material loss. Therefore, the disaster potential of Cimahi is still considered very high and is one of the cities with the highest range of disaster management in the country.
The geographical position and topography of West Java make the risk of disasters in this area very high. At least there are 14 counties that are at the highest risk. Garut, Bogor, Bandung and Cimahi are some of the cities with the highest potential. Always update the news about West Java to avoid danger.