Food Aid for Gorontalo Flood Victims Arrives

Volunteers from Masyarakat Relawan Indonesia (MRI) – Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) Gorontalo distributed meal packages and staple packages to Ilohuwa, Masiaga, and Taluda'a Villagers in Bone Regency.

An MRI Gorontalo volunteer handing over food aid to one of the flood victims in the Ilohuwa Village Office, Bone Regency. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, BONE BOLANGO – Meal packages and staple food were distributed by Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) and Masyarakat Relawan Indonesia volunteers to flood-affected refugees in Bone Regency. A total of 100 staple food and meal packages were distributed to residents in Ilohuwa Village, Masiaga Village, and Taluda'a Village, Saturday (6/13).

Amir Alqorni, MRI Gorontalo coordinator reported that, as of Saturday night, the flood has receded, leaving the villages severely destroyed. Taluda was among the villages that were severely hit by the flood. Around 894 residents in the village have been affected by the flood.

"After the flood receded, the roads and houses were covered in mud up to 30-centimeter-thick. The villagers have returned home to clean the houses and roads," Amir said. He added that they lack clean water because many water pipes have been damaged. The MRI team also endeavors to meet the emergency needs of residents.

Until Sunday (6/14), MRI Gorontalo volunteers were still assisting the flood-hit villagers. The team helped the locals clean the houses and roads. Amir said that it was quite difficult for the team to reach the flood-hit villages. "Today (Sunday), some of the volunteers are going to Suwawa Subdistrict," Amir said.

Flash flood hit six subdistricts in Bone Bolango Regency, on Thursday (6/11). The overflowing Bone River submerged Suwawa, Central Suwawa, East Suwawa, South Suwawa, Kabila and Botupingge subdistricts. As of Sunday (6/14), the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) reported, as many as 2,504 houses were affected, with 31 homes reported to be heavily damaged and 10 houses were slightly damaged. In addition, one school building suffers from minor damages; one health facility, one house of worship, and one bridge were damaged. []