Floods Submerge Two Districts in East Kalimantan

Head of Masyarakat Relawan Indonesia – Aksi Cepat Tanggap East Kalimantan Dimas Bayu Prasetyo said the height of the floods in South Samarinda District varied from 90 cm to more than 100 cm. "According to the locals, water has started to submerge residential areas since a week ago," he said on Monday (9/6/2021).

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Floods in residential areas. (Kaltim Prokal)

ACTNews, EAST KALIMANTAN – Floods have submerged a number of areas in North Samarinda and Sungai Pinang Districts of East Kalimantan since Friday (9/3/2021).

Head of Masyarakat Relawan Indonesia – Aksi Cepat Tanggap East Kalimantan Dimas Bayu Prasetyo said the height of the floods in South Samarinda District varied from 90 cm to more than 100 cm. "According to the locals, water has started to submerge residential areas since a week ago," he said on Monday (9/6/2021).

He continued, although the water had submerged the settlement, a number of residents of Bengkuring Housing Complex, one of the affected areas in East Sempaja Village, chose to stay at home. According to Dimas, residents who chose to stay did not have relatives to whose house they can evacuate.

Based on data received by Aksi Cepat Tanggap Emergency Response team, there were 578 families or around 2,274 people affected by the flood. A total of 12 RTs were submerged in East Sempaja Village in North Samarinda District. In Gunung Lingai Village in Sungai Pinang District, 5 RTs were flooded.

The acting head of the Regional Disaster Management Board (BPBD) of Samarinda City Hambali said that the flooding in East Kalimantan was caused by heavy rains in the capital city of East Kalimantan Province.

"Heavy rains fell north of Samarinda from 6 to 9.30 p.m. local time with a record rainfall of more than 100 mm. In some locations, the water level reached one meter,” he explained.

The rain caused the water in Benanga Lempake Dam to rise significantly. By Sunday afternoon, the water level at the dam was at 78 cm.[]