Delivering Assistance to Flood-Hit Cigowong

Tens of staple food packages were delivered to Cigowong Hamlet of Sukamaju Village, Bogor Regency, on Wednesday (2/20). Some of flood-affected residents still live with their relatives’ houses.

One of the recipients of the staple food packages. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, BOGOR - Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) distributed staple food packages for flash flood victims in Cigowong Hamlet, Sukamaju Village, Cigudeg Subdistrict, Bogor Regency. The packages consisting of rice and other staple foods were mandated by generous benefactors, and were delivered on Thursday (2/20).

"These staple food packages were delivered to the residents of Cigowong Hamlet because this location was one of the areas that was badly affected by flooding. Many houses were damaged, and some were even washed away," said Amir Firdausi from the Global Philanthropy Network (GPN) – Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT).

Aep, one of the heads of the local neighborhood associations (RW), narrated that the flash flood in January was quite severe. From 68 houses affected by the flood, six houses were flattened to the ground. The government has planned to relocate the local residents to avoid similar disasters in the future.

"They said there would be a relocation. They are already measuring the land in Kampung Tamansari, but we don't know yet how big the houses will be," explained Aep.


One of the houses damaged by flooding in Cigowong Hamlet. (ACTNews / Reza Mardhani)

Until now, some of the locals have been living with their relatives, one of them is Wareni, whose house was washed away. Wareni received staple food packages from ACT. She was very happy to receive aid from the benefactors to the residents in Cigowong Hamlet.

"Alhamdulillah, I'm happy for the aid. Thank you very much for coming all the way to deliver aid to us. I wish you long life, success, and progress in the future, "said Wareni.

In January, similar aid distribution and also took place in Cigowong. ACT also provided free medical service for the locals.

Cigowong village was isolated following the flood caused by the overflow of CIdurian RIver. The neighborhoods located along the riverbanks were affected by the flooding that reached one-meter high. The flash flood damaged many of the houses and cut off the only connecting bridge between villages. They had to build a makeshift bridge made of bamboo poles. []