National

Floods give extra challenge
for students in Bandung

Hundreds of 12th graders who live in Baleendah and Dayeuhkolot areas, Bandung, West Java, are not only challenged by the tension of national final examinations materials but also flood waters, which have been inundated their homes since Saturday.

“My school is free from floods, but the access has been cut by floods that measured as high as chest of adults,” Novi, 17, a student of SMAN Baleendah state high school, told kompas.com on Sunday.

Novi and her family have been living in a refugee camp at a public hall in Dayeuhkolot as their home is inundated with flood waters.

Novi said that she decided to sleep over in one of her friend’s house while following the final exam to avoid possible lateness. “My friend and her family welcome me well.”

Heavy downpour in Bandung city and its surrounding areas on Friday night reportedly overflowed Citarum River, sending flood waters inundating three districts in Bandung regency and forcing thousands to take refuge.

Flood also expanded to Baleendah, Dayeuhkolot, Pameungpeuk and Banjaran areas.

Last month, water from the overflowing river also inundated at least 6,000 houses in Baleendah and Dayeuhkolot.

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