Viral Video of Monkeys Going Down to Settlements in Bandung City, Head of PB Office: Don't Spread Hoaxes

In the past few days, the city of Bandung has been stirred up again by the circulation of a video of monkeys descending on residents' settlements in the city of Bandung.

Humas Kota Bandung Sunday, 04 December 2022 09:14
Kepala Dinas Kebakaran dan Penanggulangan Bencana (Diskar PB) kota Bandung, Gungun Sumaryana
Kepala Dinas Kebakaran dan Penanggulangan Bencana (Diskar PB) kota Bandung, Gungun Sumaryana

The circulating video is accompanied by the following description: "Today, Friday, December 2, 2022, a large number of monkeys descended from the Dago Lembang forest area, the Maribaya Manglayang mountains, to enter the Cikutra Dago Antapani housing complex, and is it a sign that their habitat is no longer comfortable? This causes urging a large-scale migration towards the city of Bandung or is there a natural sign that something will happen with an earthquake?"

This is then associated with phenomena and also natural disasters that are said to be hitting the city of Bandung.

In this regard, the Head of the Bandung Fire and Disaster Management Service (Diskar PB), Gungun Sumaryana, confirmed that the video is an old video that occurred on the Sipai Martapura River in 2021 and did not occur in the city of Bandung.

Therefore, Gungun reminded the public to make it a habit to first check and confirm the correctness of the information received to the competent authority or regional authorities.

"Pay attention to the source of the news. If you can, ask or confirm in advance with the institution or organization that handles it or local regional apparatus," Gungun said to Bandung Public Relations, Saturday 3 December 2022.

Gungun appealed to the public to be careful about sharing the information or news they read. Don't be easily provoked by information of unclear origins spread by irresponsible persons.

"Don't immediately spread news before you are convinced of the truth. If these hoaxes continue to be spread, it will disturb the community," he said.

Furthermore, he revealed that the PB Diskar will always handle community complaints regarding aid and disasters.

Gungun advised the public not to panic too much.

"Our job is to provide residents with a sense of security. If there is a disaster or emergency, call 113 or 112, officers will immediately go to the location," he said. (rob)**

Head of the Bandung City Communication and Informatics Agency

Yayan A. Brilyana