Floods and Landslides Hit 5 Villages in Garut Regency

Heavy rains caused several rivers in Selaawi District, Garut Regency to overflow, triggering flooding and landslides that hit five villages in Selaawi District.

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Masyarakat Relawan Indonesia (MRI) volunteers help clean the residents’ houses after the flooding. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, GARUT – Heavy rains that fell in Selaawi District, Garut Regency on Thursday (1/13/2022) caused rivers to overflow and triggered flooding and flash floods in five villages in Selaawi: Mekarsari Village, Putrajaya Village, Selaawi Village, Samida Village, and Pelita Asih Village.

Head of Selaawi District Ridwan Effendi said flooding and landslides occurred after the rain that fell from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. local time.  

"There were no reported fatalities. However, a house in RW 11 and in Legok Bedeng was submerged. In addition, the flooding also submerged a futsal field," he said, Thursday (1/13/2022).

Masyarakat Relawan Indonesia (MRI) volunteers & team from the Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) Branch of Garut Regency immediately went to the disaster-stricken locations to assess the damages and the victims’ needs. Many of the houses and the bridge affected by the flooding have begun to be cleaned.

"In response to the flooding and landslides in Selaawi, volunteers from MRI and ACT have been dispatched on Friday, January 14, 2022, to the location. Based on their assessment, the residents need cleaning equipment, water hoses, meal packages, and clean water," said Salhapi from MRI Garut branch. []