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Jakarta Post

Bengawan Solo River overflows, Surakarta in deluge

Wed, November 30, 2016   /   03:07 pm
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    Hundreds of homes along the Bengawan Solo riverbanks in Surakarta, Central Java are deluged in river water on Nov. 29. The water reached up to 1 meters deep after heavy downpour hit the areas since Monday afternoon. JP/ Ganug Nugroho Adi

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    Residents use boats to salvage their valuables at Sangkrah, Surakarta, Central Java. JP/ Ganug Nugroho Adi

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    A resident appears to be trapped in her swamped home in Semanggi, Surakarta Central Java. JP/ Ganug Nugroho Adi

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    Several Kampung Sewu residents take shelter on higher ground in the river's embankment. JP/ Ganug Nugroho Adi

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    A resident prepares a portable pump to ease the deluge in Pucangsawit subdistrict in Surakarta, Central Java. JP/ Ganug Nugroho Adi

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    Pigs are saved to drier grounds after their barn was inundated in flood water in Mojolaban, Sukoharjo, Central Java. JP/ Ganug Nugroho Adi

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    Two children frolic in a flooded road in Jagalan, Jebres in Surakarta, Central Java. JP/ Ganug Nugroho Adi

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    Sukoharjo Regency square located on Jl. Raya Sukoharjo-Wonogiri is swamped in flood water up to 50 centimeters deep. JP/ Ganug Nugroho Adi

Heavy downpour hit most areas in Surakarta, Central Java since Monday afternoon through evening, causing the Bengawan Solo River to overflow with floodwater inundating several areas in Surakarta, Sukoharjo and Karanganyar. 

Hundreds of homes, especially in areas along the river banks in Pucangsawit, Gandekan, Sangkrah, Semanggi, Kedunglumbu and Sewu subdisticts, were swamped in 50 centimeters to 100 centimeters deluge, forcing thousands of residents to take shelter to higher grounds. 

Surakarta Disaster Mitigation Agency head  Gatot Sutanto said river water level rose significantly within only within three hours on Monday evening, reaching its top alert level of 8.71 meters at around 10 p.m..

Gatot said his agency had deployed its personnel equipped with portable pumps, rubber dinghies, power generators and logistics to help support the residents. 

“We receive a helping hand from Indonesian Red Cross volunteers. Currently, we focus on doing evacuation," he said. 

A resident, Agus Pambudi, Setiawan, said that the flood was the worst in the past few years. 

The flood is the second  as flooding also hit homes located along the Bengawan Solo River banks early this year. (dmr)