NUSADAILY.COM – JAKARTA – Head of the Disaster Data, Information and Communication Center of the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) Raditya Jati said the death toll from the Magnitude 6.2 earthquake in West Sulawesi increased to 56 people.
“A total of 47 people died in Mamuju Regency and nine people in Majene Regency,” Raditya said through a press release received in Jakarta on Sunday.
In addition, there were 637 injured in Mejene District with details of 12 people seriously injured, 200 moderately injured, and 425 people with minor injuries. In Memuju Regency, 189 people were seriously injured and hospitalized.
According to BNPB Operations Control Center, some areas in Mamuju Regency can already be electrified and some are still impaired. In Majene County, new electricity is burning in parts of the region.
Raditya said the Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) Majene Regency, BPBD Mamuju Regency, and BPBD Polewali Mandar Regency are still collecting and establishing shelters and coordinating with the TNI/Polri, the National Search and Rescue Agency (BNPP) or Basarnas, volunteers, and related agencies in an effort to find victims affected by the earthquake.
“The land route connecting Majene Regency and Mamuju Regency is recovered and can be passed by vehicles Saturday (16/1) afternoon,” he explained.
The line was re-opened after Commander Kodim 1401/Majene Lt. Col. Inf Yudi Rombe of The Military Regional Command (Kodam) XIV/Hasanuddin commissioned the 8th Zeni Tempur Battalion (Yonzipur) /SMG to deploy heavy equipment.
BNPB has handed over initial assistance for operational needs of west Sulawesi earthquake management rp4 billion on Saturday (16/1). The assistance was handed over rp2 billion for West Sulawesi province and Rp1 billion each for Mamuju and Majene regency.
BNPB has also distributed assistance including eight sets of isolation tents, 10 sets of refugee tents, 2,004 packages of nutritional enhancements, 2,004 packages of ready meals, 1,002 packages of side dishes, 700 sheets of blankets, five units of tower lights, 200 units of velbed, 500 packages of baby supplies, 500,000 cloth masks, 700 packs of sago noodles and 30 units of generator sets of 5 KVA.
The Bureau of Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics (BMKG) predicts aftershocks are still possible. On Saturday (16/1) at 06.32 WIB there was an aftershock with a magnitude of 5.0 in Majene Regency.
BNPB urges the public to remain calm and always vigilant regarding the potential for aftershocks with significant force.
“Always follow official information and do not easily believe the information that is not yet clear source. People are encouraged not to believe fake news or hoaks about predictions and forecasts of earthquakes that will occur with greater force and there will be a tsunami,” raditya said.
BNPB urges people living in hilly areas with steep cliffs to be alert to avalanches and rock ruins. People living in coastal areas are asked to always be vigilant and immediately stay away from the beach if they feel aftershocks.
“The community can also follow the development of earthquake information through BMKG and InaRisk portal to find out the potential risk of disaster around the residence,” he said. (eky)