Flood Survivors in Jombang Need Proper Shelters

For a week, residents of six villages in Bandarkedungmulyo District, Jombang, have been staying in an evacuation site after a flood hit their villages.

Evacuees from six villages live in tents. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, JOMBANG – For a week, six villages in Bandarkedungmulyo District, Jombang, East Java. The villages of BandarkedungMulyo, Pucang Simo, Brangkal, Banjarsari, Gondangmanis, and Brodot have been submerged since Friday (5/2/2021). Thousands have fled from the flooding that was triggered by illegal mining activities and high rain intensity.

Based on the monitoring of local Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) team, the height of flooding varies from 0.5 to 2 meters.

“On Wednesday afternoon, the residents started to return to their homes, but on Wednesday night, the flood became even higher up to 2 meters. The local residents then returned to the evacuation site, ”said Rijalul Faiq from ACT Kediri Program team in Kedunggabus Hamlet, Bandar Kedungmulyo Village, Thursday (2/11/2021).

Assisted by Masyarakat Relawan Indonesia (MRI) volunteers, ACT helped the flood victims by establishing two humanitarian posts for the aid storage and medical services in Kedung Bagus and Kedungasem hamlet of Bandarkedungmulyo Village. The team of volunteers also provided psychosocial assistance to local children.

According to the team's observation, the health of the evacuees has started to deteriorate. Imam (70), one of the flood victims in Kedung Bagus Hamlet, admitted that he has been suffering from diarrhea. “I've been here for three days with my family. It's cold at night. My house is still flooded," he admitted.

The tents in which the evacuees are staying are also inadequate. The thin tarps and mats cannot protect the people living in the tents from the cold as the rainy season reaches its peak. At the moment, the evacuees are in need of proper shelter, blankets, medicines, and nutritious food. []