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Residents at the foot of the mountain on Boleng Island eagerly await the president’s visit




East Flores (ANTARA) – Residents of various villages at the foot of Mount Boleng Island, East Flores, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), eagerly await President Joko Widodo’s visit to Lamanele village which has been affected by landslides ground.

“What I know is that today President Joko Widodo set foot in this village. That’s why I came to take a look,” said Willy Lamabelawa (43 years), a resident of Witihama sub-district, Adonara, East Flores, in the village of Lamanele. Friday.

On-site monitoring can be seen, people from various villages such as Hadubala, Lamanele, Lowo Pao, Nobo Gaya, Lama Lakka, have been present at the landslide disaster site in Lamanele village since morning.

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Mothers and fathers, adolescents, elders and children eagerly await the arrival of the President.

The majority of them temporarily suspend their activities as cultivators on the slopes of Mount Boleng Island and as fishermen in the Solor Sea to see the president’s presence.

They stood with their families and colleagues on the side of the landslide scene. The casualty evacuation zone is in the middle, sterile of the activities of the residents.

“The president wants to come. Now the president is still in the Lembata regency, wants to come here,” said another resident, Berin (52).

The site of the landslide, which buried dozens of homes in Lamanele, is currently still being evacuated, involving four units of heavy equipment such as excavators, Basarnas staff, the police, TNI, the shipping and sniffer dogs.

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Boulders of rock and mud, which had been bent at several landslide points, have been leveled using heavy equipment since Tuesday (6/4). Officers also removed large stones that previously blocked access to the road.

The President’s visit area was sterilized by joint TNI and Polri armed forces personnel from Jalan Kampung Lamanele to the scene of the disaster.

A number of journalists present to cover the activity were limited in their space of movement. “We have prepared several spots for television coverage. Only a representative of a media company is on site, the rest will be broadcast via the social networks of the Presidential Secretariat,” said the uniformed officer of Satpres.

A number of regional officials from the East Flores Regency government were present at the site, including East Flores Regent Antonius Hubertus Gege Hadjon and East Flores Deputy Regent Agustinus Payong Boli and his staff.

In addition, there were also heads of the Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics (BMKG), Dwikorita Karnawati and jajajaran.

Staff representatives from the Ministry of Social Affairs were also seen at the integrated humanitarian assistance post, near where the president arrived.

Based on data compiled from the Boleng Island Integrated Command Post, the number of dead and recovered victims is 55 bodies, while another person is still being searched.

President Joko Widodo plans to land in Lamanele village around 2:00 p.m. WIB in Lamanele using a helicopter.

Also read: President leaves for NTT to make sure disaster management is running smoothly
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Journalist: Andi Firdaus
Editor: Triono Subagyo

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