JAKARTA – Some obstacles are faced by local authority during conducting emergency response after a magnitude 7,6 earthquake occurred in Boven Digoel Regency, Papua on Monday (26/2). One of the obstacle is mountainous terrains. It was stated by Head of Local Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) of Papua Province Welliam R. Manderi. Besides, he added that lack of communication facilities caused difficulties in field coordination.
BPBD Papua reported that urgent needs for the affected residents were foods, water supply, and medical services such as medical personnel, equipment and medicines.
Until today, BPBD has been working with the local police station of Boven Digoel and Public Relations Office of the local authority to conduct rapid assessment. BPBD province of Papua has mobilized logistic support to the regency whereas the police and the military has evacuated the affected residents.
Temporary data mentioned 4 houses, 1 mosque and 1 clinic are damaged in Mindiptanah District; 2 houses and 1 PDAM building are damaged in Waropko, while 1 house, 1 school and 1 office are damaged in Arimop. Besides those damages, the earthquake also triggered landslide and road damages in Waropko. Due to the codition, rapid assessment is still being conducted by the local authority.
The earthquake with magnitude 7,6 occurred on Monday, February 26, 2018 at 02.44 local time with epicenter 266 km southeast of Boven Digoel. The depth of the earthquake was around 17 km. Affected areas identified due to the earthquake are Mindiptanah, Waropko dan Arimop.
So far, Boven Digoel Regency has not had BPBD as an organization that focuses on disaster management.
Sutopo Purwo Nugroho
Head of Data, Information and Public Relations Centre