Some people called it as “Little Tsunami”, as it is a ‘natural’ disaster caused by big flood, just like what happened in Aceh, December 2004.
Early morning, when the community just awaken to begin the day, suddenly the unstoppable water with its enormous energy swept the whole area at Situ Gintung dam nearby. The old dam couldn’t hold the water inside no more so it’s cracked open, collapsed and caused a big flood or ‘little tsunami -so it’s called by some people.
Hundreds of houses flatted, schools and public places ruined, and more than 100 people are dead or still missing. It is surely a big loss for us. May we don’t lose our humanity to help them, with whatever we have, whatever we can. May Allah give strength to all to be able to get through this. Amiin.
Situ Gintung death toll reaches 97, but 100 still missing
The Jakarta Post , Jakarta | Sun, 03/29/2009 3:21 PM | National
The death toll from Friday’s Situ Gintung dam disaster has reached 97, as seven more bodies were recovered from the mud by volunteers on Sunday.
However, up to 102 residents were still missing, South Tangerang mayor H. Soleh said Sunday.
Family members and relatives seeking lost loved ones should contact Fatmawati hospital in South Jakarta, Soleh said.
Almost 400 refugees from the flash flood have been relocated to various locations, including the Muhammadiyah University’s Faculty of Medicine campus.
As for structural damage, 319 houses were reportedly damaged.Earlier, Banten Governor Ratu Atut Chosiyah said the heads of each affected household would receive at least Rp 5 million in compensation.
An emergency search and rescue team based at Muhammadiyah University Jakarta (UMJ) also said 100 residents were still missing, tempointeraktif.com reported Sunday.
“The count was based on the reports of local residents … For many of the bodies found it is unclear which neighborhood unit they were from,” the search and rescue coordinator Rahmat Salam said.
More than 500 people have volunteered to help evacuate victims in the aftermath of the deadly collapse of the Situ Gintung sluice gate and embankment in Cireundeu, Tangerang.
The team comprises members of the national Search and Rescue (SAR) team, BNPN, the Gegana bomb squad, the Jakarta Health Agency, the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI), police, college students and members of the public.
The dam collapse, which was apparently triggered by heavy rains on Thursday evening, had flatted 319 homes, schools and part of a university campus. (amr)