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HIGH WAVES DAMAGE STALLS AT KEBUMEN BEACH

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Waves remain high, in the range of 3-5 meters, with a sliding distance of 20-30 meters to land.

Greatindonesia.co.id, Kebumen – High waves in the southern waters of Kebumen District, Central Java, damaged a number of semi-permanent stalls on several beaches in the region.

Speaking on Tuesday (11/6/2019), Heri Purwoto of the Coordinating Agency of Public Relations Bureau of Kebumen District, in Central Java, on Tuesday, said the incident began at 02.00 continuing until 09.30 local time, with wave heights reaching 5-7 meters.

He noted that at Setrojenar Beach, Buluspesantren Subdistrict, a tidal wave reached 20-50 meters high from land damaging 65 semi-permanent stalls, destroying two stalls and badly hitting one monitoring post.

He added, however, that some traders had cleaned up their areas and again begun selling.

At Ambal Beach, Ambal Subdistrict, waves heavily damaged 30 stalls, and some traders have since moved to other locations.

Ciriwik / Suwuk Beach, Puring Subdistrict, affected 20 stalls.

Currently, waves remain high, in the range of 3-5 meters, with a sliding distance of 20-30 meters to land.

He appealed to stall owners and visitors to remain vigilant in the presence of high waves on the southern coast of Kebumen during the next 3 days. (eli)

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BANYUMAS READIES TANK TRUCKS TO ANTICIPATE DROUGHT

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The BPBD has also prepared 1,000 water tankers to respond to a clean water crisis.

Greatindonesia.co.id, Purwokerto – Banyumas readies tank trucks to anticipate drought

Regional drinking water company (PDAM) Tirta Satria in Banyumas district, Central Java, has readied three tank trucks in anticipation of a clean water crisis and drought in the district.

“PDAM Banyumas has prepared three tank trucks to distribute clean water to areas that need it,” the company’s technical director, Wipi Supriyanto, said on Thursday (13/6/2019).

“We are ready to distribute clean water, in accordance with the request and, cooperate with relevant agencies, particularly PDAM subscribers living in drought-hit areas.” he said.

Meanwhile, the BPBD has also prepared 1,000 water tankers to respond to a clean water crisis.

“In total, we have deployed 13 water tankers to villages facing clean water crisis,” he said.

He noted that at least six villages in the district began to face water crises due to declining rainfalls in the region.

The six villages are Banjarparakan in Rawalo Sub-district, Nusadadi in Sumpiuh sub-district, Karanganyar in Patikraja sub-district and Kediri in Karanglewa sub-district, he said.

Other villages include Srowot in Kalibagor sub-district and Pekuncen village in Jatilawang sub-district, he added. (wur)

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GOVERNMENT TARGETS 20 MILLION FOREIGN TOURISTS IN 2019

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Expert staff to the Tourism Minister for multicultural sector, Esthy Reko Astuty.

Greatindonesia.co.id, Solo – The government has targeted to attract 20 million foreign tourists by 2019, despite its failure to meet the target of 17 million foreign tourists in 2018.

“According to data from the Central Bureau of Statistics (BPS), of the government’s target of attracting 17 million foreign tourists, we only welcomed 15.8 million tourists,” expert staff to the Tourism Minister for multicultural sector Esthy Reko Astuty said here on Monday (29/4/2019).

She admitted difficulties in reaching the target were due to a number of natural disasters that hit the country last year, including the eruption of Mount Agung in the resort island of Bali.

“However, we make maximum efforts to meet the target through our programs,” she added.

The ministry, she continued, has prepared some strategies to reach the target set in the government’s medium-term development plans.

“Among the efforts we have undertaken include the development of cross border tourism and a low cost terminal,” she remarked.

Meanwhile, the ministry has surpassed the target to attract domestic tourists by 2019.

“For domestic tourist visits, of the target to attract 270 million tourists by 2019, up to now we have already seen 273 million (domestic tourists),” she said.

The ministry would continue to promote tourism destinations in regions. “Through events organized by local governments, we will attract more tourists,” Astuty said. (ari)

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PURBALINGGA AIRPORT CONSTRUCTION TO KICK OFF IN APRIL 2019

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Transportation Minister, Budi Karya Sumadi.

Greatindonesia.co.id, C Java – Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi has given the assurance that the construction of Jenderal Besar Soedirman Airport in Purbalingga District, Central Java Province, will begin in April 2019.

“We will complete the administrative requirements first. Insya Allah (God willing), we will start it by early April. (The construction of the airport), including terminal and runway, will likely be completed in one year,” he stated, while inspecting the project at Wirasaba village in Purbalingga District, on Tuesday (12/3/2019).

The runway will be 1.6 thousand meters in length, to enable aircraft of ATR types to land, he noted.

The presence of the airport will shorten travel time from Jakarta to Purbalingga, Purwokerto, and surrounding areas, he remarked.

“I have just checked (the conditions). It is only a matter of administrative requirements between the state airport operator Angkasa Pura II and the Indonesian Air Force (TNI AU),” he explained.

Meanwhile, Angkasa Pura II Technical and Operations Director, Djoko Murjatmodjo, noted that his side is in the process of tendering the construction of the runway of 1.6 thousandmeters in length and 30 meters in width to allow ATR-72 aircraft to land.

“Hopefully, the tender will be completed by late April or early May,” he pointed out. (sum)

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