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More than 7,000 affected by flooding, landslides in Samarinda

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, January 15, 2020   /   11:59 am
More than 7,000 affected by flooding, landslides in Samarinda Residents of Bengkuring in Sempaja Timur, Samarinda, flee their homes because of flooding on Tuesday. (kompas.com/Zakarias Demon Daton)

Floods triggered by heavy rainfall in Samarinda, East Kalimantan, have submerged three districts and six subdistricts since Tuesday morning, affecting at least 7,213 residents.

Aside from causing flooding, the downpour also caused landslides in Samarinda. However, Samarinda Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) head Hendra A.H said there had been no casualties because of the flooding and landslides.

He added that the relocation of landslide and flood victims has started.

"All of them can be relocated," Hendra said as quoted by kompas.com on Tuesday. 

A team from Samarinda BPBD has also established several posts at various spots. 

As of early Wednesday, floodwaters still inundated several areas in Samarinda, with the worst flood recorded in East Bengkuring Sempaja district where the water level reached as high as an adult's waist. 

Some affected residents had been relocated to a shelter set up by the BPBD, while the rest were taken to the nearest mosque that had not been affected by the flood.

Several public facilities such as a health center, a district administration office and schools were also affected by the flood. 

The flooding in Samarinda comes two weeks after the widespread flooding that hit Greater Jakarta, Banten and parts of West Java on New Year's Day, which claimed more than 60 lives and affected tens of thousands of other residents. (dpk)