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NTB on alert after flash floods displace locals

  • Panca Nugraha

    The Jakarta Post

Mataram, West Nusa Tenggara   /   Thu, December 22, 2016   /  05:30 pm
NTB on alert after flash floods displace locals Motorists try to pass by a street in Kekalik Jaya subdistrict, Mataram, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), which became inundated by floodwater on Dec. 14. On Dec. 21, a series of flash floods also swept some parts of the province's Bima regency and municipality, displacing many locals from their homes. (Antara/Dhimas B Pratama)

The West Nusa Tenggara provincial administration issued on Thursday an emergency alert status for two neighboring regions following severe flash floods that swept the areas a day before.

 

NTB Governor Muhammad Zainul Majdi paid a visit to Bima municipality on Thursday afternoon, less than 24 hours after heavy rain triggered flash floods in many parts of the city and the neighboring Bima regency. The two regions share the same name.

“[Makeshift] public kitchens and medical centers are now being set up in every district office, as well as in Bima’s regional and municipal offices,” provincial administration spokesperson Yusron Hadi said on Thursday.

The floods began on Wednesday afternoon in many parts of Bima municipality and a few areas of Bima regency.

Hundreds of locals have reportedly evacuated as their houses have become inundated by floodwaters. The provincial administration claimed that, as of Thursday afternoon, no deaths had been reported from the floods.    

Spokesperson for the National Search and Rescue Agency’s (Basarnas) NTB Office I Putu Cakra said to their knowledge five subdistricts in Bima municipality had become the worst-affected areas.

“We have evacuated many villagers from the roofs of their houses, as floodwaters have reached heights of between 1.5 and 2 meters,” he said. (hwa)

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