On June 18, 2018 the KM Sinar Bangun; a passenger ferry operating in Lake Toba sank with 188 people on board. The crowded vessel was sailing from the ferry terminal at Simanindo to Tigaras when it encountered stormy weather and capsized. Of the total 188 passengers and crew only 24 are known to have survived with 164 declared missing. The government immediately mounted a search and rescue operation which lasted over 3 weeks. Japfa Comfeed Indonesia which has an operating unit near Tigaras joined the search on June 19th with a company tug boat carrying a professional team of divers and underwater welders. The tug boat was equipped with sonar detection equipment from the Indonesian National Armed Forces. Japfa’s local unit also catered lunch to rescue workers including personnel from BASARNAS (the National Search & Rescue Agency).
As the search widened, Japfa deployed a company helicopter on June 25th to assist government rescue agencies including the Indonesian military. Japfa company staff and volunteers rushed vital food supplies such as eggs, sausages, milk and chicken nuggets to the emergency canteen set up by Indonesian National Armed Forces at the Regional General Hosptial Tuan Rondahaim in Pematang Raya. The canteen provided much needed relief for the survivors as well as relatives waiting for news of the missing victims.
Japfa Comfeed Indonesia’s local business units and staff volunteers often join in the relief efforts to assist flood and landslide victims. We also launched education campaigns to raise awareness for environmental protection.
In 2015, to help combat deforestation, we launched the Japfa Go Green campaign in Sumatra and Java. The campaign sought to create awareness in local communities starting with primary school children who are taught about the concepts of environmental protection.
Immediately after a severe landslide that occurred in Banjarnegara on 2014, JAPFA coordinated emergency aid for local victims.
Indonesia has 129 volcanoes. Many of the country’s active volcanoes are located on the most populated islands of Java and Sumatera making earthquakes the No. 1 natural threat.
In 2004 a massive earthquake in the Indian Ocean caused one of the most devastating tsunamis in recent history.