12,000 Displaced, ACT Set Up Five Humanitarian Posts for Bengkulu Flood Victims

12,000 Displaced, ACT Set Up Five Humanitarian Posts for Bengkulu Flood Victims

ACTNews, BENGKULU - The massive flood that has hit Bengkulu since Friday (4/26) has forced thousands of people to evacuate. According to Bengkulu Governor Rohidin Mersyah, over 13,000 people in Bengkulu have been affected by the flood with 12,000 living in evacuation.

There have been also several casualties. Mersyah stated that 10 were confirmed dead and 8 are still missing.

On the third day after the flood started, Sunday (4/28), the number of evacuees was still quite massive despite receding flood. Apra Julianda Poetra, a volunteer of Masyarakat Relawan Indonesia (MRI) Bengkulu stated that some of the victims have set up tents near their houses or seek shelter in nearby posts.

“The number of the evacuees is still quite massive. The flood has started to recede, but due to many flooded houses, the locals choose to stay in evacuation sites,” said Poetra.

He further explained that more humanitarian posts and public kitchens have been established by MRI - ACT Bengkulu. “Our friends from MRI Bengkulu have established five humanitarian posts. These posts are optimized to distribute prepared meals and basic supplies,” said Poetra.

The humanitarian posts and public kitchens are located in five locations that are affected by the flood and landslides. These five locations are Tanjung Jaya RT 003, SIdo Dadi RT 005, Tanjung Mas RT 001 and RT 002, as well as Merpati RT 012. “These five locations were chosen because they are quite tremendously impacted by the flood,” said Poetra.

Coordinator of Disaster Emergency Response (DER) - Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT), Kusmayadi stated that additional rescue personnel have been sent to Bengkulu from ACT Headquarter in Jakarta.

“The impact of Bengkulu flood is quite massive, with thousands displaced, so we sent additional personnel from Jakarta to reinforce the team of volunteers on the location,” said Kusmayadi, Sunday (4/28).

According to the latest data from Bengkulu Disaster Mitigation Board (BPBD Bengkulu), the worst-affected regions include Bengkulu City, North Bengkulu Regency, South Bengkulu Regency, Central Bengkulu Regency, Kepahiang, Lebong, Kaur and Rajanglebong.

Until Sunday (4/28), the flood in Bengkulu has damaged 184 houses, 4 schools, and 40 roads and bridges across 9 regencies. []