Jakarta, IO – The extreme weather that hit Simuk District, South Nias, North Sumatra caused people to starve, because logistics ships supplying food to the area were hampered.
Simuk Subdistrict Head Gentelman Bago said extreme weather like this also occurred five years ago, but according to him it was not as severe as this year.
“This year is the worst. In the past it took two days, three days for the ship to arrive. It doesn’t take 10 days like now,” said Gentelman Bago, per CNN Indonesia, Thursday (21/9).
In the last two weeks the weather in the area has been really extreme. The condition of the island, which is surrounded by large rocks and high waves, makes it difficult for logistics ships to dock at Simuk Harbor so they are forced to turn around.
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So far, he said, logistics has only been supplied from Tello Island and Teluk Dalam District, South Nias Regency.
As a result, residents have been running low on supply of basic necessities. Last week residents could only consume bread, instant noodles, flour, sticky rice and sago. (at)