Floods in Tanah Laut Regency Affects 2,021 People

High-intensity rainfall has caused flash floods in three districts of Tanah Laut Regency, South Kalimantan.

Tanah Laut floods.
An embankment in Benua Tengah Village, Takisung District is broken due to not being able to withstand high water discharge after overnight rainfall since Friday (9/10/2021). (BNPB)

ACTNews, TANAH LAUT REGENCY – Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) of Tanah Laut Regency reported a total of 2,021 people in three districts in Tanah Laut Regency, South Kalimantan, were affected by the recent floods caused by high-intensity rainfall since Friday (9/10/2021).

Three districts affected by floods are including Batu Ampar District with 75 submerged houses and 232 affected people, Kintap District with 544 submerged houses and 1,789 affected people, and the rest are from Panyipatan District. Currently, the water level is still inundating residents' houses with a height ranging from 30 to 50 centimeters.

“Currently, no residents are being evacuated,” said Esty from BPBD Tanah Laut Regency in her official statement received by ACTNews, Monday (9/13/2021).

The flood also caused an embankment in Benua Tengah Village, Takisung District to collapse. "It has been raining all night since Friday that caused the embankment became not strong enough to hold the overflowing water," said Esty.

BNPB (National Disaster Management Agency) noted that hydrometeorological disasters still dominate the country throughout August 2021. High-intensity rainfall is one of the flood triggers with a fairly high frequency, especially in the South Kalimantan region.[]