Bandung students move to village office following floods
The Jakarta Post
Dozens of students of state elementary school SD Bojongasih 1 in Dayeuhkolot district, Bandung regency, West Java, have been forced to hold their lessons in the hall of the Bojongasih village office as flooding has affected the area.
“Our school is flooded,” the school’s principal Cucu Siti Nurohmah said on Thursday.
The students have held their classes on mats laid on the floor of the village office for the last two days. Around 150 students were present on Wednesday, however, only 75 came to the village office, which is located around 300 meters from their school, on Thursday.
Bandung Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) officers have been helping residents to carry out their daily activities.
Most residents have chosen to stay in their homes rather than evacuating, with only 14 people from five households, including young children and elderly people, choosing to move out.
The flooding occurred because the Citarum River, which is located less than 10 meters from the residential area, overflowed after heavy downpours since Wednesday.
BPBD Bandung emergency relief division head Toni Suryana said at least 1,567 houses were inundated, with floodwater around 1 meter in depth. (ebf)
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