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Jakarta Post

3,000 houses in South Bandung hit by flash flood

  • Yuli Tri Suwarni

    The Jakarta Post

Bandung   /   Sat, December 26 2009   /  12:49 pm

Environmental damage to the upstream area of the Citarum River, West Java's largest waterway, has been blamed for the worst ever flash floods in the hilly area below the Gunung Wayang region, South Bandung. The flood hit 3,000 houses, washing away 55 in strong currents. The flash floods, which lasted two and a half hours, swept through six subdistricts in Majalaya district and one in Ibun district, located 70 kilometers south from Bandung city center, on Thursday night. The six affected subdistricts in Majalaya are Majalaya, Majasetra, Bojong, Majakerta, Sukamaju and Biru. Tanggulun subdistrict in Ibun district was also hit. Erosion in the river's upstream region left a layer of mud 20 to 30 centimeters thick, which local residents and 200 police and military officers helped to clear on Friday morning. Asep Apendi from Ajirompe, Majalaya, said the flash floods occurre...