ACT Establishes Humanitarian Posts as East Java Declares Flood Emergency

ACT Establishes Humanitarian Posts as East Java Declares Flood Emergency

ACTNews, MADIUN, PONOROGO, BOJONEGORO - Heavy rain has caused floods in 15 regencies in East Java. The Head of Data Information Center and Public Relations of BNPB, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, stated that the 15 flooded regencies are Madiun, Nganjuk, Ngawi, Magetan, Sidoarjo, Kediri, Bojonegoro, Tuban, Probolinggo, Gresik, Pacitan, Trenggalek, Ponorogo, Lamongan, and Blitar. Furthermore, the worst affected area of all regencies is Madiun.

Rivers and drainages are unable to stream the flowing water, as a result, the flood submerged wide areas. According to the latest updates, almost more than 12,495 families are affected, and several of the families have been evacuated to safe areas.

Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) has coordinated with Masyarakat Relawan Indonesia (MRI) in the affected areas to initiate emergency response measures, as stated by the ACT East Java’s Programs and Disaster Response Coordinator, Dipo Hadi Waskito, from Madiun on Thursday (7/3).

“We have coordinated with every MRI networks and BNPB in the affected areas, as the flood throughout East Java happened simultaneously. However, the emergency level of each area is different, so we established Humanitarian Post in the worst affected area, which at the moment, we prioritized Madiun region,” said Dipo.

Other than evacuating during the emergency response, ACT-MRI team who are deployed in the regions also plan to conduct a data collection to assess the damage and determine the residents’ urgent needs. At the moment, the residents are in dire need of mats, blankets, instant foods, clean water, sanitation needs (sanitary napkins, diapers, toiletries, and underwears), medicines, and baby food.

The flood in Madiun is caused by the overflowing Jeroan River, which is the tributary of Madiun River. The flood submerged 39 villages and 8 sub-districts in Madiun Regency, which affected 4,317 families, or equals to 17,268 people. The flood also destroyed 2 houses, 253 hectares of rice field, 3 embankments, 2 bridges, 1 water tunnel, and thousands of livestock--which caused  severe material loss for the victims. The Regent of Madiun has declared Emergency Response state for 14 days, which start from March 6 to 19.

The flood also hit Balong sub-district in Ponorogo. Main roads and housing areas are submerged. To response the situation, ACT-MRI Ponorogo has established an Emergency Post on Jalan Diponegoro 79, Tambakbayan. 9 volunteers from ACT-MRI were deployed to the location to distribute the aid from ACT-MRI Ponorogo.

MRI Regional Coordinator in Ponorogo, Haris Danur, informed that the aid for the residents of Ponorogo is distributed through ACT Emergency Post. “We will continue to open this post until the situation is conducive.

Meanwhile, in Bojonegoro, as reported by MRI Regional Coordinator in Bojonegoro, Sunhaji Gholib, the flood was caused by the overflowing river. As a result, 23 villages in 8 sub-districts of Bojonegoro regency are submerged. In average, the water level is 30 to 40 centimeters high. Approximately, 1,382 houses and 121 hectares of rice field are devastated by the flood.

“At the moment, ACT-MRI Bojonegoro Emergency Response Team is deployed to evacuate and assess the damage. I pray that this condition can get better soon,” said Gholib.

ACT East Java is in coordination with BPBD, Indonesian Army, Indonesian Police Force, National Search and Rescue Agency, SKPD, Red Cross, Tagana, and other volunteers to provide emergency response. Up until now, evacuation and aid distribution are still being conducted.

This week, Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysical Agency of Indonesia, reported a Madden Julian Oscillation (MJO) phenomenon in the Indian Ocean. This phenomenon caused high rainfall in several regions in Indonesia. MJO is a phenomenon of spreading atmospheric wave from the West (Indian Ocean) to the East, which causes wet and saturated air mass. As a result, the regions of the Indian Ocean that are passed by the wave will be affected by high rainfalls. []


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