Greatindonesia.co.id, Baturaja – The Indonesian military’s detachment unit in Baturaja, Ogan Komering Ulu District, South Sumatra Province, has been hunting down a private only identified as DP for his alleged involvement in a mutilation case against Vera Oktaria who was found dead in the Sungai Lilin area of Musi Banyuasin on Friday (10/5/2019).
“The suspected perpetrator is being hunted down,” said Commander of the Baturaja Military’s Sub-Detachment for Military Police II / 4-4 CPM Captain Gatot Udiyono here on Sunday (12/5/2019).
He said DP was a cadet of Vocational Education for Infantry in the Sriwijaya Regional Military Command’s Main Regiment who deserted. He was alleged to be one of the perpetrators of mutilation Vera Oktaria, an Indomaret cashier who was found dead at the lodging area of Musi Banyuasin District.
“We are still hunting DP after the DP has run away from the Sriwijaya Regional Military Command’s Combat Education and Training Depot since May 4, 2019,” he said.
According to him, they had proliferated DP’s photos to public to enable him to get arrested immediately.
He stated that he did not yet know the motive for the murder and mutilation, including the causes of DP deserting his duties as enlisted students at the Combat Education and Training Depot in Baturaja.
“What is clear is that we are currently continuing to hunt down DP,” Udiyono said. (eli)
MILY JOINS EFFORTS TO HALT FOREST FIRES IN SOUTH SUMATERA
Greatindonesia.co.id, Palembang – The Indonesian military will join efforts to halt recurrences of land and forest fires in South Sumatra Province during this year’s dry season by regularly conducting public awareness campaigns in several districts.
The campaigns regarding the importance of taking precautionary measures have been conducted in districts such as Banyuasin and Ogan Komering Ilir, Chief of the 044/Garuda Dempo Military Resort Command, Major Binsar J Simanjuntak, said on Wednesday (26/6/2019).
Speaking to local journalists here, Simanjuntak said precautionary measures were also taken by the land and forest fire task force by monitoring vulnerable areas.
The same preventive measures have also been taken by the Banyuasin district military command.
South Sumatra and numerous other provinces in Indonesia’s Sumatra Island have been repeatedly challenged and threatened by haze, triggered by land and forest fires, over the past years.
Considering this challenging reality, the South Sumatra police have warned plantation companies and farmers in the province against using slash and burn farming methods during this year’s dry season to avoid the recurrences of land and forest fires.
“The community members and plantation companies found conducting burn farming methods will be punished,” the South Sumatra Police Headquarters spokesman, Senior Commissioner Supriadi, said.
Slash and burn agriculture is completely prohibited because it can trigger occurrences of land and forest fires that cause a haze crisis.
The smog does not harm the health of the local people but is a problem for neighboring countries because it potentially threatens their people’s health and aviation activities, he said.
Supriadi said the owners of farmlands potentially gutted by fire during the dry season should remain cautious. They have been asked to build canal blockings, and prepare water storage facilities and keep fire extinguishers handy.
The owners of farmlands who violate the law would be legally sanctioned, he said, adding that the areas of Banyuasin, Musi Banyuasin, Ogan Komering Ilir, and Ogan Ilir Districts are vulnerable to occurrences of land and forest fires. (uid)
FLOODS SUBMERGE HUNDREDS OF HOUSES IN MUSI BANYUASIN, SOUTH SUMATERA
Greatindonesia,co.id, Palembang – Hundreds of homes have been flooded in Musi Banyuasin District, South Sumatra Province, following incessant heavy rains since Saturday (27/4/2019).
Flooding affected Dawas and Tanjung Dalam villages in Keluang Sub-district, as well as Jud and Air Balui Villages in Sanga Desa Sub -district, First Inspector Eka Sapta Yanto, head of the Keluang police office, said here on Sunday (28/4/2019).
“This is the third flooding that has affected local residents. But, this time, the flood is bigger and surprising because the water flow was strong particularly in Tanjung Dalam Village,” he said.
Two houses respectively in Dawas and Tanjung Dalam villages were swept away and a road connecting the two villages were cut off by the flooding.
“This is the worst flooding as Biduk River, a tributary of Musi River, has spilled over its bank, besides the precipitation was very high,” he remarked.
The floods did not claim any live but displaced several people. Local authorities have helped move the flood victims to higher grounds.
Keluang District Head Debby Haryanto said some 200 homes were flooded in Dawas and Tanjung Dalam Villages.
“We have already reported to the district administration and disaster mitigation office. Five teams have been deployed there,” he said.
Major floods were also hit several Indonesian provinces, such as Jakarta and Bengkulu. (drs)
120 FOREIGNERS TO VISIT SOUTH SUMATERA FISHERMEN’S VILLAGE
Greatindonesia.co.id, Banyuasin – An Australian-flagged cruise ship will transport some 120 foreign tourists to a fishermen’s village in Muara Sungsang, Banyuasin District, South Sumatra, Friday, April 26.
The Australian cruise ship “Coral Adventure” will be carrying tourists who work as researchers in Britain, Belgium, France, the United States, New Zealand, Russia, the Netherlands and Australia, the head of the Banyuasin District’s Culture and Tourism Office, Aminuddin, said here, Wednesday (24/4/2019).
“We will welcome their arrival at the Sungsang Village Pier at around 08.00 WIB,” he said.
The guests will be welcomed by traditional dances, namely the Migrant Bird Dance and the Tingkuan Dance, from the residents of the fishing village belonging to the Sungsang community.
In addition, the district government will open craft outlets where local products, ranging from crafts to culinary items, will be promoted.
The foreign tourists would be visiting the place mainly to have a firsthand view of life in the fishermen’s village and be a part of the culture and traditions of the community, he noted.
The Sungsang Fishermen’s Village is one of the leading tourist destinations in South Sumatra that the local government will continue to develop.
This fishermen’s village has been around for decades and thousands of tourists, both domestic and foreign have visited the place, according to district government officials.
The people of Palembang usually refer to the people of Sungsang as “sea wongs”, because the settlement is located at the mouth of the Musi River which faces the Bangka Strait or the South China Sea. Most of Sungsang’s residents are fishermen.
“The district-level tourism development is being boosted by South Sumatra so that the tourism potential can be maximized,” he stated. (bpr)
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