Two Die, 2,000 Evacuated in South Halmahera Earthquake: BNPB



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    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) announced two people died and more than 2,000 others were evacuated following a powerful earthquake measuring 7.2-magnitude that struck South Halmahera on Sunday, July 14.

    The South Halmahera administration has declared the emergency status for the next seven days.

    “Two people have died; namely Aisyah (51) a villager of Gane Luar and Halimah a villager of Papaceda,” said the agency's education and training center head, Agus Wibowo, at BNPB Graha, Jalan Pramuka, Monday, July 15. 

    Agus explained the disaster emergency status would last from July 15-21. The thousands of evacuees hailed from the vulnerable area or orange area to 7-magnitude quake and 6-magnitude quake or yellow area.

    Here are the list of locations and the total number of evacuees according to BNPB:

    - Saketa Police office: 89 people

    - Saketa PDAM office: 65 people

    - South Halmahera Regent office: 300 people

    - South Halmahera Resort Police headquarters: 120 people

    - South Halmahera Grand Mosque: 500 people

    - South Halmahera Social Agency office: 70 people

    - 1509 Military District Command (Kodim): 45 people

    - DPRD speaker’s official residence: 100 people

    - DPRD deputy speaker II’s official residence: 50 people

    - South Halmahera Regent’s official house: 70 people

    - South Halmahera High School or SMAN 5: 84 people

    - Central Halmahera administration office and Central Halmahera DPRD office: 25 families 

    - Bukit Goeng/ Cafe Goeng: 15 families

    - South Bacan district office: 1000 people

    - Independent evacuees in Hidayat Village, Makean Village, and Tomon Village.

    BNPB, Agus added, had dispatched rapid response teams to the disaster regions and survey teams to obtain data on the quake impact.

    Agus continued to say villagers of Seketa were possibly isolated as two bridges were cut off in the earthquake. However, he said he has yet to get detailed information on the matter.