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Peduli Situ Gintung
The History of Situ Gintung Tragedy

The lake and dam are located in the suburb of Cirendeu, Ciputat in Tangerang District. The dam was originally built of earth by Dutch colonial authorities in 1933 and was up to 16 metres (52 ft) high. It was made from earth compacted into a wall 16 metres (52 ft) high and the reservoir held at least 2,000,000 cubic metres (71,000,000 cu ft) of water.The original use of the dam had been to retain water for irrigation of rice paddies which were then replaced by urban development.People living near the dam had made complaints about leaks in the past and the dam actually breached in November 2008 but no damage was done. It is thought that little maintenance had been carried out since the dam was built.Cracks were reportedly visible in the face of the dam embankment from around midnight.The dam operators apparently sounded a warning siren shortly before the dam failed. A surge of water and debris several metres high was sent into the town of Cirendeu, washing away cars, houses and a brick-built bridge. The flood hit while most of the population was asleep and left standing water up to 2.5 metres (8.2 ft) deep.Many people remain trapped in the town with around half of the townspeople taking to their rooftops to avoid the floodwaters.The floods have killed at least 99 people and 151 people are listed as missing.The flood waters inundated around 400 homes of which 250 were damaged or destroyed. The flood also submerged five power terminals cutting drinking water supplies to the nearby suburb of Lebak Bulus. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Situ_Gintung)

On March 28 - 29, 2009, as a fraternal and brotherhood expressions to this tragedy, PT. Altelindo Karyamandiri distributed some primary needs to be delivered to the victims and survivors. Perhaps, our these small contributions would be valuable for those who needed help.Despite, we did also give moral support and prayers to the survivors who their families or relatives were missing.

Posted by Human Resources Department