Jakarta. The Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency, or BPBD, in Lumajang district, East Java, has advised the public to be cautious when travelling along the major road connecting the district to Malang with landslides predicted after heavy rain.
“The rain with mild intensity has started to pour over Lumajang since the end of September, as we call the public to be more cautious on several flood and landslide prone locations,” BPBD Lumajang’s acting chief Hendro Wahyono said on Saturday (01/10).
The Pike Nol Road, running 72.4 kilometers between Lumajung and Malang, is narrow and poorly lit in several spots.
"There are at least five spots prone to landslides," Hendro said.
“The curvy road located at the slopes of Mt. Semeru is also prone to falling trees, as road users are advised not to take the road during heavy rains and high wind.”
The agency has coordinated with Bina Marga, the province's public works agency, to prepare heavy equipment alongside the landslide-prone zones. Warning signs have also been installed, advising increased caution in the area.