A truck carrying rice aid for poor families in West Kalimantan affected by the corona virus or Covid-19 rolled in the trench in front of the Kunyit River Sub-district Office, Mempawah Regency, West Kalimantan, Sunday (12/4/2020).
Mempawah Police Chief AKBP Tulus Sinaga said the truck loaded with 7 tons of rice was originally going to deliver government assistance to the local community.
“The car collapsed due to the subdistrict head’s office bridge that collapsed, as a result 92 sacks or 920 kilograms of rice fell into the ditch,” said Tulus, Monday (13/4/2020).
The plan is for the trucks to go to a predetermined location for rice distribution in the sub-district.
With a load of up to 7 tonnes, trucks must carefully cross the wooden bridge in front of the sub-district office.
Sure enough, when the truck was in the middle of the bridge, suddenly one side of the wood broke.
“The truck also collapsed and rolled in the middle of a ditch that connected the subdistrict head’s office yard to the main road,” said Tulus.
There were no fatalities in the incident. The truck driver survived and was not injured. Only the truck body rolled into the ditch.
West Kalimantan Governor Sutarmidji said that this assistance was expected to overcome the economic impact of the community due to the corona virus pandemic or Covid-19.
“To all regional heads in West Kalimantan to immediately distribute the rice that will arrive in one or two days,” Sutarmidji told reporters, Tuesday (31/3/2020).
He hopes that the regional head will immediately record its citizens so that the assistance is right on target.
“Maybe there are residents who have not registered or there are people who have been affected by the corona so that they can be immediately distributed,” said Sutarmidji.