ACTNews, MALANG – The flash floods that hit several points in Batu City and Malang, East Java, on Thursday (4/11/2021) had started to recede. However, according to reports received by ACTNews from Masyarakat Relawan Indonesia (MRI) Malang, the flooded locations are still filled with mud and pieces of debris.
Iqrok Wahyu Perdana from Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) Malang reported that the thick mud and pieces of debris have prevented the evacuees from returning home, opting to stay in evacuation posts.
“Our team reported that many houses are still drowned in thick mud and difficult to access. Many of their belongings such as animal pens have been washed away. Some houses also collapsed. In addition, our team also reported that there are two fatalities, and dozens are reported missing,” said Iqrok.
ACT immediately sent emergency assistance to the evacuees. Hundreds of meal packages and clothes were distributed to evacuees in Klojen and Polehan villages on Friday (11/5/2021) morning. These villages were among the severely-affected villages.
“In Klojen, about 194 residents fled because their houses are no longer safe following the flash floods yesterday. They urgently need food aid because they could not prepare anything to eat. They haven’t set up the kitchen at the evacuation site,” Iqrok added.
ACT and MRI Malang are on the flood-hit site to assess the needs of the evacuees. “Insha Allah, we’ll provide medical assistance for the evacuees. We also plan to set up a public kitchen to make it easier for them to get food,” he said.