In recent years, the news in West Java has been packed with numerous natural disasters that have shook the country’s land. Almost the entire island of West Java (West Java) is vulnerable to floods, landslides, and other natural calamities. Garut, Bogor, Bandung, and Cimahi are just a few examples. These four areas are at a rather high risk.
It is possible to encounter it not just in rural places near mountains and rivers, but also in urban areas. According to the West Java Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD), disaster-prone mapping has been compiled down to the village level.
However, earthquakes, floods caused by increasing sea levels, and disasters caused by extreme weather changes cannot be forecast. As a result, all sectors of society are encouraged to remain attentive at all times. Because it is critical to raise public awareness and comprehension in order to promote attentiveness.
Floods, landslides, and earthquakes that happened in 2020 provided vital lessons for the government and the population, ensuring that vigilance was maintained. Especially in the face of abrupt weather changes that can happen at any time. There were 1,387 landslides caused by severe rainfall in 2020.
Because many towns in West Java are situated on sloping plains and steep slopes, natural calamities have the potential to claim lives. This is true not just in one place, but across West Java. Here’s how to understand the risk of natural catastrophes in different parts of West Java:
Garut Regency is at risk of disaster.
High rainfall levels in all parts of the country, particularly in West Java, heightened the risk of landslides and floods, according to West Java News. Garut is one of West Java’s most dangerous areas, hence it demands extra attention.
Landslides are more common in the middle and southern parts of the state. Flooding is most expected to hit the central and northern parts of the state. The West Java area, particularly Garut, is subject to land movements and flash floods or rob due to the topographical features of several hilly highland places.
The rain that pounded the South Garut area on the way to the north shore prompted BPBD Garut to issue a warning to the camats about potential calamities. Landslides and flash floods are a hazard in the northern district of Malangbong, as well as the southern districts of Pakenjeng, Banjarwangi, Talegong, and Cisewu.
West Java News continues to provide the most up-to-date information on prospective disasters and encourages the people to report any natural disasters to the nearest authorities. Because preventive steps are so crucial, even the tiniest potential must be disclosed.
Bogor City is at risk of disaster.
Aside from Garut, Bogor likewise has a high risk of disaster. Floods are the most common natural disaster in the Puncak district of Bogor. A sudden flood caused Rawa Dulang Village to be buried, along with mud avalanches, some time ago.
The probability of flooding and longsong land is still very high in this area, according to West Java news. Residents are expected to detect disasters by paying attention to vibrations in the ground and hills, strong changes in the water of wells, cracked ground, river water overflows, and other indicators.
The potential of floods and landslides is increasing as heavy rains continue to fall, prompting the local government and community to build a standby post. This post is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To obtain or provide information, you can contact or travel to the nearest post office.
On Jalan Pangeran Sogiri, Layungsari Street, Kebon Pedes Street, Sudirman Street, and Riau Square, there is a disaster alert post. The officers are a mix of police, TNI/Polri, Tagana, Linmas, and members of the local community. Not only do we supply catastrophe information to West Java, but we also prepare disaster management equipment.
During the rainy season, the risk of disaster in the Bogor area is expected to remain high until the end of March. As a result, the public is encouraged to maintain vigilant and be informed about the danger of floods and landslides. Those who live near rivers and hills, in particular.
Greater Bandung is at risk of disaster.
The city of Bandung is highlighted in the West Java news as one of the locations affected by natural disasters and has been added to the scale of national priorities for disaster reduction. Because there are active volcanoes in this area, which has a population of 2.5 million people, there is a risk of flooding and earthquakes.
In addition, landslides, fires, and liquefaction caused by constant settlement construction increase the risk. Not only the city center, but also hilly areas are currently being developed in order to raise the risk of natural disasters.
The city government of Bandung has taken a number of preventative steps, including the creation of disaster alert posts, increased firefighter readiness, and the tightening of settlement construction permits. According to reports from West Java, notably the Bandung city region, the development of evacuation routes is still at a relatively low level.
The most important thing right now is to construct evacuation pathways in various structures or tall buildings as a rescue step for victims in the event of an emergency. Bandung’s urban areas cannot rely exclusively on sar teams, therefore they must strengthen natural disaster and fire mitigation.
Cimahi City is at risk of disaster.
Since 2010, the city of Cimahi has been at risk of earthquakes. Because this city in West Java is located on the Lembang Fault, it is in direct contact with it. Because to the close proximity of the Lembang fault, earthquakes can happen at any time.
The Acting Mayor of Cimahi, Ngatiyana, was quoted in the West Java news as saying that an earthquake was quite likely and difficult to anticipate. The public is urged to remain aware and prepared at all times in order to avert casualties in the event of an earthquake.
Cimahi’s northern and southern parts have a high risk of disaster, which cannot be prevented. Communities may, however, help to lessen the impact of disasters by educating themselves on how to deal with earthquakes and organizing disaster preparedness teams.
For the record, 14 earthquakes with magnitudes ranging from 1.5 to 3.4 on the Richter scale struck West Java, particularly Cimahi and Bandung, between 2010 and 2021. Until now, the potential has not decreased in any way; in fact, it appears to be increasing, both in terms of frequency and strength levels.
Cimahi City is susceptible to floods, landslides, tornadoes, and fires, in addition to floods caused by the active Lembang Fault fault. There were at least 67 floods, 39 longsir, and 19 tornadoes that killed people between 2017 and 2019.
Furthermore, fires occur at least 105 times every year and result in significant material losses. As a result, the risk of disaster in Cimahi city remains high, making it one of the cities in the country with the highest scale of disaster management.
West Java’s geography and geographical position make disasters a very real possibility. At least 14 counties are the most vulnerable. Garut, Bogor, Bandung, and Cimahi are some of the most promising cities. To stay safe, keep up with the latest West Java news.