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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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FOREST ON MT MERAPI’S SLOPE CATCHES FIRE

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The hotspot indicating the fire was first detected at 6:45 p.m. local time. However, the cause of the fire is still unknown.

Greatindonesia.co.id, Magelang – Forest on the slope of Mount Merapi which straddles Central Java and Yogyakarta provinces caught fire on Sunday night.

Based on preliminary information the fire raged through the forest in Jurang Jero area, Soko hamlet, Ngargosoko village, Srumbung sub-district, Magelang district, Central Java, Head of the Magelang District Disaster Mitigation Board (BPBD).Edy Susanto said.

The hotspot indicating the fire was first detected at 6:45 p.m. local time. However, the cause of the fire is still unknown, he said.

“At this moment my fellow volunteers are trying to reach the scene of the fire but to no avail due to difficult terrain,” he said.

He said the BPBD has been coordinating with the Mount Merapi National Park (TNGM) to handle the fire. (hsy)

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ASITA HOPES CHINESE TOURIST CAN ACCESS CULTURAL TOURISM

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Especially in Indonesia, Chinese tourists are more familiar with Bali than other regions such as Solo.

Greatindonesia.co.id, Solo – The Association of Indonesian Travel Companies (Asita) has expressed a hope that Chinese tourists who come to Solo, Central Java Province, by chartered flight will be able to access local cultural tourism. “In Solo, we hope that tourists will visit cultural centers such as Pura Mangkunegaran, Surakarta Palace, Keris Museum, and Triwindu Market,” said Deputy Chair of Central Java Asita Daryono in Solo Thursday (11/7/2019).

In addition, it also requires tourists to ride the Jaladara steam train which has been one of the icons of Solo City.

“This is also on the advice of the mayor. Possibly getting into the Jaladara steam train on July 15,” he said.

Regarding the visit, on Thursday, July 11, 170 Chinese tourists who previously visited Bali by using regular aircraft traveled to Solo. In accordance with the plan, tourists who travel as families can stay in Solo for three nights.

“For this trip, use the regular Citilink route and the Kunming-Denpasar route, which is routinely two to three times a week. This is why they use regular flights to visit Solo. We understand it to be the ‘soft opening’ for the arrival of Chinese guests,” he said.

Furthermore, the “grand opening” will be held on August 1, where there will be direct flights from Kunming to Solo.

He hoped that the presence of direct Chinese flights to Solo can boost Solo-Jogja tourist visits which are currently packaged in a “single destination”.

“China has a population of 1.4 billion, of which 200 million have the potential to travel. In the past, this market was only targeted by a few countries, now by hundreds of countries including Indonesia,” he said.

Especially in Indonesia, Chinese tourists are more familiar with Bali than other regions such as Solo, he said.

“It turns out that only after being marketed by friends in China, Borobudur and Solo became popular. Now that they know, these tourists are ‘hanging out’ there. It has the potential to attract thousands. That is why there will be direct China-Solo flights,” he said. (riz)

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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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