On Saturday and Sunday (13-14/07/2019), BAZNAS Center of Strategic Studies and BAZNAS Monitoring and Evaluation teams visited the disaster response village (Katana) in Abepura, Papua. As the largest island in Indonesia, the geographical area in Papua consists of mountains and forests. This causes the area where people live or do their activities such as for work or school located around the hills.

The location of the katana visited by the team is a dense residential area under the cliff. The condition of the cliff can be classified as vulnerable category as the rocks are very sensitive to erosion. The disaster that endangers the residential area is not only the erosion. The housing on the top area of the hill is bordered in distance by the forest hill. As the result, when rain comes, the areas are most likely stricken by landslides from the hills and the cliffs. The conditions can get worse if the materials from hills and cliffs fall due to rain which block waterflow and cause flooding.

Katana program was established in 2018. Since then, the program has brought positive results to the local community. Besides, benefitting those who face emergency problems, the resident also said that their level of concern towards disaster threat has also increased. When they see any residents involved in disaster such as the Sentani flood last March, they also helped to reduce the burden of victims affected by the disaster.