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Jakarta Post

Hundreds of homes flooded as river overflows in Central Java

  • Ganug Nugroho Adi

    The Jakarta Post

Surakarta   /   Thu, February 2, 2017   /  08:50 pm
Hundreds of homes flooded as river overflows in Central Java Residents brave the flood in Mojolaban in Sukoharjo, Central Java, on Thursday. About 100 houses were flooded after Bengawan Solo river overflowed. (JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi)

About a hundred houses in Surakarta and Sukoharjo in Central Java were inundated on Wednesday and Thursday after the river Bengawan Solo overflowed.

Three subdistricts—Sangkrah, Sewu, and Semanggi—were flooded and hundreds of families took shelter in tents supplied by local authorities.

“The water was rising at about 4 a.m. this morning, and it rose higher this afternoon,” resident Wardoyo said on Thursday. He added that residents in his area had left their houses on Wednesday.

A volunteer, Budi Utomo, said the Indonesian Red Cross and the Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) had distributed food to the residents in shelters.

Surakarta BPBD executive officer Gatot Sutanto said the water in the river had increased quickly since Wednesday evening. (evi)

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