20 villages in Cilacap flooded
Agus Maryono and Suherdjoko
The Jakarta Post
Flood waters had inundated at least 20 villages in several districts in Cilacap regency, Central Java, following heavy rainfall over the last two days, an official said on Sunday.
Ansor Basuki, an official of the Cilacap administration's information and communication division, said flood waters of around 50 centimeters in depth had flooded thousands of houses and destroyed thousands of hectares of paddy fields that had just been planted. Flood waters also submerged several roads in areas across the regency. No fatalities have been reported so far, however. Residents have not yet been evacuated either.
Citing Cilacap administration official data, he said the villages affected by the flood waters were located in eight districts, namely Gandrungmangu, Karangpucung, Kawunganten, Kedungreja, Kroya, Majenang, Nusawungu, and Sidareja.
'In Sidareja, at least five villages have been flooded with flood waters inundating more than 2,000 houses,' Ansor told The Jakarta Post on Sunday.
He said the flooding in Cilacap was partly the result of an inability of rivers in the regency to cope with the rainfall of the last three days.
'In Kroya district, flooding has inundated thousands of hectares of paddy fields in Gentasari, Mujur and Sikampuh villages,' said Ansor.
The fields flooded were planted less than a week ago. 'I just planted the crops three days ago but they are all flooded now,' Dulrohman, 50, a farmer from Sikampuh village in Kroya, told the Post on Sunday.
He said rice plants inundated for two days could not be saved as they would rot.
In Mujur village, flood waters have inundated not only agricultural land but also roads, such as Jl. Raya Buntu-Kroya on the border of Banyumas and Cilacap regencies, which is flooded to a depth of 75 centimeters.
'Many vehicles stalled on the inundated road,' said Ratmini, 30, a resident of Mujur village, adding that the flooding in the village had started on Saturday evening and as of Sunday morning, the waters had not yet receded. (ebf)
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