Flood-Hit Residents in Palangkaraya Start to Suffer from Diseases

Residents in the evacuation post have started to suffer from skin diseases. Most of them suffer from itches in some parts of their bodies. Various urgent needs are also required to be fulfilled.

Palangkaraya flood.
Flood in Palangkaraya, Central Kalimantan, causes residents to suffer from diseases. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, PALANGKARAYA – Flood survivors in Palangkaraya City have started to suffer from skin diseases and acute respiratory infections due to two weeks of flooding that have spread to various areas.

Bakhtiar Hadi Negara from ACT Palangkaraya Program team said that floods have inundated Mendawai, Palangka Village, Jekanraya District, and cause residents to evacuate themselves. However, currently, they have started to suffer from itches around their thighs, feet, and other parts of the body.

“Yes, that’s right. Survivors in the evacuation post have started to get various diseases including itches and diarrhea,” said Bakhtiar, Wednesday (11/17/2021).

Furthermore, basic necessities for the evacuees have not been fully provided such as clean water, medicines, and adequate sanitary facilities.

“The availability of blanket, diapers, and milk are still lacking. Residents also require medicines, hygiene, and sanitary equipment,” Bakhtiar explained.

As of Tuesday (11/16/2021), floods in Palangkaraya have spread to 20 villages. At least 11 thousand residents are affected by the floods while 3 thousand others have evacuated to the evacuation. Residents have to evacuate themselves as the water level continues to rise. It is feared that dangerous animals may come along with the flood current.[]