At about 11pm on the 20th September 2016, flash floods occurred on the Cimanuk and Cikamuri rivers in the city of Garut, which is in the mountainous region of West Java. At the same time several landslides near the town of Sumedang, also in West Java occurred and which have continued for several days after.
The main disaster areas were at Kampung Bojong Sudika in the district of Tarogong Kidul on the Cimanuk River and behind the Dr. Slamet General Hospital, also on the Cimanuk River.
My wife and I and a couple of her volunteers rented a car with a driver and filled it up with supplies. The cost of the supplies was just Rp3.65 million but it filled up the car. We also prepared cash handouts for many of the victims whose houses were either washed away or badly damaged.
Another Rp1.5 million together with donated clothes were to be given to the Tanjung Sari Mosque in Sumedang for the victims of the landslides.
50 kg of Rice
166 pcs Baby Diapers
Cleaning materials, Mops & Scrapers
140 bars of Soap
60 sachets of Shampoo
150 pcs Sanitary Pads
24 pairs of Women’s Underwear
12 pairs of Men’s underwear
12 pairs of Children’s underwear
5 Sets Knives & Chopping Boards
3 Woks & Cooking Implements
I Food Steamer
4 packets Baby Wipes
24 pcs new baby clothes
12 pcs long pants for babies
12 Hats & Socks
Medicines for Cough, Flu, Diarrhea & Skin Rash, Paracetamol, Kayuputi Oil
36 Children’s Exercise Books
60 Ball Point Pens
14 sets of Women's Prayer Clothes
12 Sachet of Corned Beef
24 Sachets of Baby Food
24 Sachets of Milk
10 pcs Scrubbing Brush
24 sachets of floor Cleaning Detergent
5 Bottle of Bathroom Bleach
144 pcs Aircup Water
40 pcs Aircup Tea
5 Boxes of Secondhand Clothes for adults
30 pairs of baby shoes
5 Water Ladles
30 pcs of Cream Soap
3 Sets of Baby Mattresss & Pillows
3 Baby Bolsters
The car was loaded up and we made the two hour journey to Garut. There were several local organizations coordinating the operation and we were directed to the main disaster area where we could distribute the supplies.
Even though soldiers and police from Garut and other parts of West Java were already assisting, we were still not prepared for the devastation that we saw. I believe at this moment around thirty four people are confirmed dead with nineteen still missing, and 166 families displaced due to their homes either being washed away or seriously damaged.
We visited Garut three times over the past few days to provide more supplies and cash handouts from donations and from our own pockets. Fortunately the support from many different organizations from the region and beyond has been strong.