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One dies, hundreds flee their homes as floods inundate Bandung

  • Arya Dipa

    The Jakarta Post

Bandung   /   Wed, April 1, 2020   /   11:19 am
One dies, hundreds flee their homes as floods inundate Bandung Residents wade through water on Jl. Raya Dayeuhkolot, which became inundated with floodwater from the Citarum River in Bandung regency, West Java, on March 7, 2019. (The Jakarta Post/Arya Dipa)

Heavy downpour that lasted hours on Monday evening has caused floods that inundated at least 9,285 houses in six districts of Bandung regency, West Java, forcing hundreds of people to flee their homes and causing at least one fatality.

National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesperson Agus Wibowo said the floodwater in the southern part of Bandung ranged from 10 centimeters to 2.8 meters in depth on Tuesday afternoon, with Dayeuhkolot district, Bojong Soang district and Bale Endah district as the most affected regions.

Floods hit three locations in Dayeuhkolot district, namely Dayeuhkolot village, Citeureup village and Pasawahan subdistrict, forcing 111 residents to flee their homes.

"As many as 4,092 houses, eight houses of prayer and two schools have been swamped by the flood," Agus Wibowo said in a written statement on Tuesday.

He added that 4,439 houses and 26 schools in Bale Endah district were inundated with floodwaters ranging from 20 centimeters to 2.9 meters depth. Around 20,518 people living in Andir subdistrict and Bale Endah subdistrict were impacted by the flood.

In Bojong Soang district, floodwaters ranging from 40 centimeters to 1.9 meters in depth swamped 45 houses in Bojong Soang village, Bojongsari village and Tegaluar village, affecting a total of 2,812 residents. 

"The flood affected a total of 56,251 people and forced at least 315 people to evacuate, including 24 toddlers and 28 elderly," Agus said.

A 70-year-old resident of Bojong Soang village died after slipping in floodwater when he tried to flee his residence, the West Java Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) said as reported by Antara.

BPBD Bandung operational management officer Iyus Setiwawan reported that the floodwater had cut off access to seven roads connecting some districts.

"The BPBD is currently coordinating with the search and rescue team, district officials and volunteers to carry out an assessment and evacuation in the hardest-hit locations," he said. (trn)