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[1-10-2016] Indonesian floods get hams help with communications

Indonesian floods get hams help with communications

The flooding in West Java that caused landslides and killed at least 30
people remains a   disaster scene with recovery work continuing.

Chief of Organisation & International Affairs of ORARI, Gjellani J.
Sutama YB1GJS said that early on September 21 after heavy rain fell and
the Cimanuk River burst its banks, and soon after emergency
communications began.

ORARI (Organisasi Amatir Radio Indonesia) is the IARU member society,
and its Garut District set up the emergency station at a base camp for
the worst hit area.

Gjellani YB1GJS reports that it had an HF net on 7.110 MHz, with a VHF
repeater for Operation and Coordination to support the government and
search and rescue team.

The height of the drama included a report that two houses were buried by
landslides, a mosque was destroyed, affecting thousands of homes with
many of under water. About three dozen were injured and villages in the
path of floodwaters were evacuated. Among the work is looking for the 22
people who are still missing in the disaster area.

The ORARI Garut District is waiting for further advice from the
government but hopes the recovery phase will soon wind down as the
flooding eases.

- Jim Linton VK3PC, Chairman IARU Region 3 Disaster Communications
Committee.

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