ACTNews, LEBAK - Heavy rains have been falling on some parts of Banten Province this February. Last week, another flooding hit Lebakgedong Subdistrict, Lebak Regency, Banten.
Although the flood had receded, the victims were still staying in evacuation sites on Friday (2/14), as explained by ACT Banten Branch Manager Nurhijrah Muhammad.
"The residents of Lebakgedong Sub-district who were affected by the flood have evacuated for around a week It has been around this week that the residents who have been affected by the flood have fled. In Cigobang Village that we have just visited, there are four evacuation sites scattered in several areas. They now live in tarpaulin tents set up with the assistance of the volunteers," said Nurhijrah.
They were still afraid to return home due to the landslide-prone land. They opted to stay in tents despite their increasingly urgent need for aid.
One of the evacuation sites in Lebak. (ACTNews / Akbar)
"There are quite a lot of evacuees, around 150 families scattered across 4 points. They currently need food, tarpaulins, clean water, mattresses, carpets, and blankets," Nurhijrah explained.
ACT Banten visited Cigobag Village on Thursday (2/13) to provide emergency assistance to residents who were displaced. Basic needs and meal packages were distributed by the team that day.
"We have distributed basic aid packages and ready-to-eat meals. The evacuation sites were difficult to reach because the access was damaged by the flood, so the aid had to be carried by off-road cars," Nurhijrah said. He hoped that ACT Banten could continue to help the people of the Lebakgedong Subdistrict affected by the flood until they return home.
As reported by ANTARA Banten in Kampung Seupang, many people seek refuge in uninhabitable tents made of tarpaulin and plastic. The water leaks every time the rain falls, making the tent cold. However, during sunny days, the tents often become hot and humid.
The locals hoped that the local Health Office can re-open the medical post so that residents living in evacuation sites can receive medical treatments considering they can stay in evacuation sites for four to six months so they are vulnerable to various diseases.