NORTH SUMATRA. Head of Center for Data, Information and Public Relations of National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said the ship Sinar Bangun Motor Ship sank in the waters of Lake Toba, North Sumatra, at 17:30 pm.

” Sinar Bangun motor ship sinks in the waters of Lake Toba Prapat allegedly due to bad weather, “he said, Monday (18/06/2018).

Sutopo explained that the wood-based vessel drowned while carrying about 80 passengers from Simanindo Port, Samosir District, to Tigaras Parapar, Simalungun Regency.

The absence of clear information on the number of passengers of the vessel made it difficult for the victims to collect data within 2 days, Monday (18/06) to Tuesday (19/06). Meanwhile, the families of the victims continue to arrive to the location.

Rumah Zakat Response in the tragedy directly deployed 10 volunteers and fast food aid to the victims’ families and the evacuation team who are still searching for the victims. “We deploy 10 volunteers to help on site, as well as bringing fast food aid because the information we get if the search will take a long time may take days.

Food and drink will be very beneficial to the families of the victims or evacuation team, “said Budi Syahputra Branch Manager of Rumah Zakat Medan. Currently there are 18 victims found and 1 of them died.

“We also grieve over the sinking of the ship, Rumah Zakat will help the needs of the location. Hopefully many survivors and victims’ families are given fortitude. Aamin, “said Budi.

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