Delivering Emergency Assistance for Sigi Flood Victims

On Sunday (7/12), Masyarakat Relawan Indonesia (MRI) and Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) volunteers distributed emergency assistance for the flood victims in Sigi. Sadly, the flood also destroyed the victims’ economy as many of their plantations are damaged.

MRI and ACT volunteers distributed emergency assistance to flood victims in Oloboju Village, Sigi Biromaru Subdistrict, Sigi Regency, Central Sulawesi, Sunday (7/12).

ACTNews, SIGI – On Friday (7/10), heavy rain in Olobaju Village, Sigi Biromaru Subdistrict, Sigi Regency, caused the Wuno River to overflow. Several houses along the river banks were flooded. Three houses were washed away. Some other houses suffer moderate to heavy damages. Dozens of residents had to flee to relatives' homes. One resident was rushed to hospital after being swept away by the flood.

ACT Central Sulawesi Emergency Response Team has deployed its volunteers to evacuate the victims and to perform assessment of the victims’ needs. On Sunday (7/12), ACT delivered basic needs for the victims.

Wandi, an MRI Central Sulawesi volunteer, said that the locals couldn’t save any of their belongings. They can’t salvage their kitchen utensils, clothes, and other items. They also depend on aid to have their needs met.

"ACT and MRI distributed blankets, clothes, mattresses, pillows as well as insect repellent spray to the evacuees. They are in need of these items because they carried nothing but the clothes on their backs,” explained Wandi.

Banti, one of the residents, was grateful for the assistance that ACT provided. He added that they also need baby supplies and equipment. Many of their belongings have been washed away. "Kitchen utensils, pieces of furniture, mattresses, chairs and other items were washed away. A mattress will be very beneficial for us. At least we can sleep more comfortably," said Banti, Sunday (7/12).

Currently, the flood victims are still in need of aid. Based on the team’s assessment, the flood damaged five hectares of plantations, leading to crop failure and severe economic impact. []