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Jakarta Post

Most parts of Semarang inundated, airport closed

  • Suherdjoko


SEMARANG   /   Mon, February 9 2009   /  09:38 am

Waterway: Residents of Karang Binangun district in Lamongan, East Java, ride on a boat as they navigate a flooded alley near their homes on Sunday. Heavy rains and an overflow from the Bengawan Solo River have inundated at least 55 homes in the area. ANTARA/SYAIFUL ARIF Floods sparked by torrential rains that began Saturday evening have inundated most parts of Semarang, Central Java, including many densely-populated residential areas in the city. Water levels reached between 50 centimeters and 1.5 meters, paralyzing road and rail networks. The Ahmad Yani airport was likewise forced to close as its runway was submerged. The heavy rains caused a landslide in the Bukit Talang area of Bedanduwur, Gajah Mungkur district, killing Heri, a local resident. Hundreds of people living nearby were forced to evacuate for fear of more landslides. “I’m fortunate as my so...