Tsunami; Regional Admins Urged to Comply with Spatial Planning



Petir Garda Bhwana

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Sunda Strait tsunami that occurred on Saturday last week has claimed hundreds of lives and damaged buildings and facilities.

    To prevent further damage in the future, regional administrations are urged to comply with regional spatial planning. Because, in the RTRW (Spatial Planning), especially related to tsunami hazard map, it was mentioned the recommendation of a tsunami safe distance to buildings on the shoreline.

    “We should comply with the spatial planning to be really upheld,” said Head of the Data Information Center and Public Relations of the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, Tuesday, December 25.

    Sutopo explained that the safe distance of building from the tsunami on the beach would certainly be different for each region. “Then it is determined (as a Regional Regulation policy),” he said.

    Sutopo also mentioned that tsunami-prone coastal buildings still have the possibility to remain built, but must comply with applicable regulations.

    “It can also be built there, but the building must be sturdy, it must be strong, above the building, it can also be used as an evacuation shelter,” he said. In addition, early warning equipment, such as CCTV, or other potential disaster monitoring devices are also installed.

    Sutopo hopes that the regional administration and stakeholders who intend to build on the shoreline around the Sunda Strait, to be able to learn from the Sunda Strait Tsunami disaster and the history of disasters in the area.

    Moreover, Tanjung Lesung, which is now one of the affected areas, is planned to become a Special Economic Zone (KEK) in the future.

    "So it does not mean that disaster-prone areas should not be built at all. It may be built, but there are provisions,” Sutopo said.

    So far, said Sutopo, tsunami victims were asked not to run as far as they could, but ran as high as possible.

    “Well, that’s what happened (in some areas affected by the disaster), the building was already high, but the building was not strong enough to withstand the earthquake. So it collapsed,” he said.