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Panic after rumors of Jatiluhur dam breach PURWAKARTA - The ever increasing water level of the Jatiluhur basin is causing panic among residents living directly below it. They panic is mainly fed by rumors that the dam was about to burst because of the very high water levels. No direct evidence has been found related to this, but residents from some villages have evacuated to higher ground just to be sure.

Residents of the village of Cikao were panicked after which residents fled their village. The panic accidentally coincided with a visit of civil servants that came to the village to evacuate some of the residents because a flood has hit the area. This flood is not caused by a dam burst, but by heavy rainfall in the area in recent days.

The village head of Cikau, Saepul Hidayat, gathered all the neighborhood leaders to ease fears among the residents in the village. "A panic broke out because the area was already flooded by heavy rainfall. This made the residents very sensitive to rumors," told Hidayat. He confirmed that a number of villagers had spend the night on hills around the village.


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