Landslide Hits Sukabumi Railway Project; One Child Died

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - A 10-year-old child named Muhammad Rifki was reported died after being buried by a landslide at the construction site of the double track Sukabumi - Bogor railway, Cicurug, Sukabumi. The incident occurred on Thursday evening, January 10 at around 16:00 local time.

    “The report came from Cicurug Resort Police, and it’s confirmed via a phone call by Cicurug sub-district office,” said an official of Sukabumi Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD), Rahmawan, in a written statement Thursday, January 10.

    Read: Sukabumi Landslide Death Toll Reaches 32

    The incident began when Rifki and five of his friends played in the railroad construction project area at 15:30 since there was no construction activity at that time. Suddenly, the wall with a perpendicular slope in the project site eroded and buried four of the children, while two managed to save themselves.

    Three children named Muhammad Rizki (10); Muhammad Nurahman (7); and Muhammad Zikri (8) could be soon saved and were rushed to Medicare Cicurug Hospital, while Rifki, who was buried in the lowest avalanche, was found lifeless after being evacuated in the next 30 minutes.

    Following the landslide incident, Sukabumi BPBD had coordinated with sub-district and local communities. Rahmawan appealed to the public to contact BPBD reporting center for a similar incident in other locations.

    CAESAR AKBAR