Tuesday, February 25, 2014

1) Victims of Papua Landslides, Floods Struggle for Clean Water

1) Victims of Papua Landslides, Floods Struggle for Clean Water



1) Victims of Papua Landslides, Floods Struggle for Clean Water

Jayapura. Residents are still struggling to get access to clean water after torrential rains caused flooding and landslides in three districts in Papua over the weekend.
Linawati, a resident of Yapis in North Jayapura, complained on Monday that the clean water supply had not been restored since the floods.
“We can’t clean our houses because we can’t do it without clean water,” she said.
Lina said the commercial sector had also come to a standstill because many shops were still covered in mud and dirty water.
“They can’t be cleaned without water. Also, we can’t buy any water from the water trucks because the flood has disrupted their operations,” she added.
Lina expressed hope that the local government could restore the water supply soon.
Floods and landslides caused by heavy rain, left at least 11 people dead, two missing and several injured in the Papua districts over the weekend, Indonesia’s National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said.
“Eleven people died and two are missing,” agency head Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said in a press statement on Sunday, adding heavy rains had been falling since 6:30 p.m. local time on Saturday.
Sutopo said the landslides occurred in three separate districts in the province: North Jayapura, Abepura and South Jayapura, adding that at least 40 houses were damaged while 15 others were severely damaged.
The regional disaster mitigation agency (BPBD), along with the military, a search-and-rescue team (Basarnas) and volunteers were helping victims to evacuate the area on Monday.
The province has seen several landslides from torrential rain. In January, downpours that have showered Papua for days, resulted in at least five dead and several more injured.
That landslide occurred at an excavation site in Sentani Hawai district.
According to reports, the landslide also buried a number of houses, trapping people inside.
Several days earlier, a similar landslide occurred at the Wajib Senyum compound in South Jayapura, covering several houses in the area.
The tragedy resulted in the deaths of two pregnant women who were buried in the ruins.
Officials helping with the evacuation reportedly rushed the women to the Dr. Soedibjo Sarsdadi Marin Hospital immediately after they were found, but they were pronounced dead on arrival.

Jayapura, 24/2 (Jubi) – Water supplies to parts of Jayapura will be disrupted for next few days after flooding that hit the city damaged the Regional Tap Water Company (PDAM)’s reservoir in Kali Biru Kloofkamp.
Meke Dacosta, an official at PDAM, told tabloidjubi.com on Monday (24/2) that some water pipes were also broken.
“This is the first time in the city’s history that the water basin inherited by the Dutch has been seriously damaged,” a resident of Dok V Jayapura, Devi, told to tabloidjubi.com on Monday (24/2).
The floods also damaged a number of houses there.
Jayapura City was awarded Adipura by the Environment Ministry for its success in improving environmental management in 2013. But on Sunday (23/2) the city,  which will celebrate its 104th anniversary on 7 March, was inundated by waters and mud.
The flooding, triggered by heavy rains on Saturday night, submerged the city’s offices, shopping centers, houses.
Five people were killed, four injured and three still missing in landslides caused by the flash floods.
As of Monday afternoon (24/2), several office buildings, including the Papua Police Headquarters, the Transportation Department Office, the Papuan House of Representatives, and the Governor’s Office were still covered by mud. the Civil Service Police Unit guarded the Governor’s Office, scanning visitors’ vehicles. Several schools and the the biggest shopping center in town, Jayapura Mall, were closed. (Jubi/Musa/rom)



Jayapura, 24/2 (Jubi) – Two police officers have been arrested at the Mimika airport for allegedly bringing a high concentration liquid, police said.
Papua Police Spokesman Sulistyo Pudjo Hartono said the officers were arrested on Sunday night (23/2) and were still being questioned.
“They didn’t have any cables, but tried to bring high concentration liquid in old pipes. They probably thought there is still a liquid concentrate in there so they took the pipes,” said Hartono on Monday (24/2).
He said the officers were arrested at the airport security check, and now the case was being handled by the Mimika Police.
“We don’t have their names. We just know that one of them is the member of Mimika Police and the other is an assigned officer. We have no further information about them,” he said.
Meanwhile the Head of Mimika Police, AKBP Jermias Rontini denied that his member was being investigated in the case.
“They are not the members of Brimob Detasemen B but the members of Satgas Detasemen C BKO from Sorong. Currently they are being questioned by Provost Brimob Detasement B Mimika,” Rontini told tabloidjubi.com by phone on Monday (24/2).
“They have a provost department and have the authority to investigate the two officers. So far there is no evidence. They were bcaught because they entered the airport area,” he added. (Jubi/Indrayadi TH/rom)

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