Saturday, 15 November 2008

Governor says deforestation caused landslide in Cianjur

Governor says deforestation caused landslide in Cianjur

The Jakarta Post Sat, 11/15/2008

West Java governor Ahmad Heryawan said Saturday that the landslide in a village in Cianjur on Thursday was caused by massive deforestation in the area.

“This is no longer a hypothesis, it is fact that there has been massive deforestation,” Heryawan said in a small refugee camp near the Cempaka village, reported.

Heryawan said logistics aid that had been given to the victims were a temporary solution to the problem – besides logistics each family affected by the landslide would receive Rp 2 million.

In the long run, he said, the citizens of the village and other those in neighboring areas must help the government in preserving the nearby forest.

He also demanded those living near the hillside to evacuate and move to a safer ground and promised to provide the best government coordination in assisting the relocation.

The budget for the relocation would be taken from the province's emergency fund, he said. (and)