ACT Emergency Response Team on Standby at Flood-Hit Area in Sukabumi

On Tuesday (9/22) morning, volunteers from Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) and Masyarakat Relawan Indonesia (MRI), were on standby at the flood-hit area in Sukabumi. This morning, along with teams from various institutions, they cleared the disaster-hit site and searched for the missing.

The flash floods in Sukabumi on Monday (9/21) had quite a massive impact. Houses and properties were damaged, and three were reportedly missing by Tuesday (9/22) morning. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, SUKABUMI - Flash floods that carried mud and logs occurred in Cicurug District, Sukabumi Regency, Monday (9/21). Due to the heavy rains, Cibuntu River overflowed, carrying mud and debris. Many houses were damaged. Hundreds of people displaced, and three were missing.

Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) Sukabumi Branch Manager Mega Afdal Fatir, who was at the disaster-hit site on Tuesday (9/22) morning, said that, by Tuesday morning, the houses were still submerged by the overflowing river water although the water discharge is not as big as the day before. The logs and debris got stuck under the bridge and disrupted the flow of the water. Volunteers, including those from Masyarakat Relawan Indonesia (MRI) Sukabumi, are currently clearing the debris off the locals’ houses and searching for the missing.

“We are currently searching for three people who went missing. ACT and MRI have dispatched teams to participate in the rescue operation. Please pray that the weather will get better and the search will run smoothly,” said Mega, Tuesday (9/22).

Currently, 97 houses and 971 people have been affected by the flash flood in Sukabumi. Additionally, 20 were injured and 3 went missing. The missing victims were allegedly washed away by the flood and didn’t have time to save themselves. Based on ACT team’s observation, the weather was partly cloudy in Cicurug.

Mega added that the survivors were forced to evacuate due to trauma after their houses were affected by the flood. They temporarily stay in safer public places, and their neighbors’ and relatives’ houses. They are in an urgent need of basic supplies as many were unable to save their belongings.

"The most urgent need to be fulfilled at this time is food, sleeping mats, blankets and clothes," added Mega.

ACT invites the community to support the flood victims in Sukabumi by donating through the Indonesia Dermawan website. In addition, they can also deliver non-cash assistance directly to the nearest ACT Branch Offices.

As the rainy season approaches, many areas in Indonesia are prone to drought. As of Monday (9/21) night, the water level in Katulampa Dam, Bogor, has risen, leaving Jakarta in an impending danger of flood. Central Kalimantan has also been hit by flood. Meanwhile, the flash flood victims in Masamba are still recovering after the massive flood that hit their area a few months ago. On the other hand, several parts of Indonesia are still experiencing drought due to the very low intensity of rain, including Greater Solo area and Gunungkidul Regency. ACT also responds to the drought by sending clean water through the Humanity Water Tank from ACT Branch Offices. []