Indonesia - Landslides OCHA Situation Report No. 1

Situation Report
Originally published
Ref: OCHA/GVA - 2003/0027
OCHA Situation Report No. 1
Indonesia - Landslides
30 January 2003

Click here to see: Indonesia - Landslides Location Map (30 Jan 2003)

This report is based on information provided by the Provincial Government of West Java and the District Government of Garut, of the Republic of Indonesia through the OCHA Office in Indonesia, the IFRC, and the media.


1. A series of landslides, triggered by torrential rain, occurred in Garut, West Java at about 2 a.m.

local time on 29 January 2003 in Mandalasari and Karangmulya, sub-district of Kadungora. They have affected three villages, namely Nenggeng, Budi Anten and Bojong Jambu. The landslides were made of mud and stones falling from the slopes of Mount Mandalawangi suspected to have been caused by destruction of protected forest areas near the mountain.

2. The SATLAK (sub-district Operational Unit for Disaster and IDP Management), Head of Social

Welfare District Office reported that, so far, 16 bodies have been recoveredand more than 100 residents injured (according to the latest media report 18 people have been killed and 38 people are still missing). From the three villages mentioned, a total of 126 houses have reportedly been damaged with another 830 homes and other public buildings affected by the landslides.

3. The electric power supply system of the area has also been damaged.The landslides have disrupted the trans-link road from Palengan to Cisewu Districts. The landslides have also cut off railway traffic, linking Jakarta to cities in Central and east Java via southern railway tracks.


4. The SATLAK in Garut is working in collaboration with the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) Garut

Chapter, Search and Rescue workers, and the local police for evacuation process and placements of the displaced. A total of 1,308 people were evacuated and subsequently accommodated in two public facilities in Karangmulya sub-district. Two evacuation posts and public kitchens, with sufficient piping for clean water were established. Assistance from the previous emergency of the volcanic eruption of Mount Papandayan, that occurred in November 2002, is still available, therefore food and other emergency relief needs have been met.

5. Information from the media, government, and other local voluntary organisations regarding the number of people affected and the impact is being double-checked on a joint-assessment mission with the SATLAK structure at the district level. The monitoring and recording of impact and casualties is on going as the Search and Rescue team at the Garut Regency level is still digging through the debris looking for survivors.

6. To contribute to the relief efforts, PMI has allocated an important quantity of dry food to be sent to the affected populations. A two-person assessment team has been assigned, with the support of the IFRC, and is waiting to proceed for a detailed assessment.


7. So far OCHA has not received any request for international assistance. No external assistance has been provided so far.

8. OCHA is in close contact with the Indonesian authorities through its office in Jakarta and will revert with further information, as it becomes available.

9. This situation report, together with further information on ongoing emergencies, is available on the OCHA Internet Website at

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