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Jakarta Post

Flood cuts off toll road, kills 4 in Banten

  • Multa Fidrus

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, January 11 2013   /  09:14 am

Nowhere to go: Water buffalos walk on a flooded toll road in Serang, Banten province, on Thursday. Floods inundated the toll road after a river nearby burst its banks early on Friday. (AP)A toll road was closed, four people reportedly died and dozens of families had to be evacuated in Banten on Thursday after days of heavy rains in the province, inundating at least four of its regencies.

The rains caused major rivers in the province — the Ciujung, the Cidurian, the Cilember and the Ciliman — to overflow, submerging 33 districts in Lebak, Pandeglang, Serang and Tangerang.

Suryadi Wiraatmaja, head of the Banten Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD), said that flood water inundated at least 3,240 houses in seven districts in Serang and 6,060 other houses in 11 districts in Pandeglang. The flood inundated 1,053 houses in Lebak and 117 in Tangerang.

“Flood water has ...