Floods Hit Three Villages in Melawi; Hundreds of Buildings Submerged

Nircho Dwi Anggoro from Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) West Kalimantan Program Department said the floods affected 45 housing units and 67 shops.

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Floods submerge three villages in Tanah Pinoh District in Melawi Regency of West Kalimantan (ACTNews)

ACTNews, MELAWI REGENCY – Floods submerged three villages in Tanah Pinoh District, Melawi Regency, West Kalimantan. The three villages were Suka Maju Village, Batu Begigi Village, and Tanjung Gunung Village. Tanah Pinoh District had been hit by heavy rains that caused the flooding since (9/2/2021) to be the cause.

Nircho Dwi Anggoro from Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) West Kalimantan Program Department said the floods affected 45 housing units and 67 shops.

“The height of the flood varied from 10 to 50 centimeter. According to reports, around 112 families were affected," he explained, Tuesday (9/7/2021).

The Head of the Regional Disaster Mitigation Board (BPBD) of Melawi Regency Syafarudin appealed to the affected community to secure items that are easily damaged by water. The residents are also asked to remain alert to avoid material loss and casualties.

"I am asking the residents to be vigilant and continue to monitor the height of the water," he explained.

The water in Pinoh river began to rise on Thursday at 2:30 a.m. local time. Until now, there’s still a potential for rising water because of ongoing rain. []