Malang Flood Survivors: We Lose Homes and Jobs

Agus estimated the loss to be in the tens of millions. He is now working odd jobs as a worker in someone else's garden, hoping to raise capital again to start his garden.

Flood survivors
Flood survivors in Malang and Batu City lose their homes and jobs. (ACTNews/Rizki Febianto)

ACTNews, MALANG – “I am sad that the workshop was destroyed. However, I am also grateful that the family is safe. We can find wealth but not the family," said Supadi (60). He then walked to show a plot of land, where he built the house and workshop before the flood-hit.

He is a resident of Bulukerto Village, Bumiaji District, Batu City, and was one of the flash flood victims on Thursday (11/4/2021). His house and workshop near the river were destroyed.

At the time of the incident, Supadi and his family were already at a higher location. The house is only land. After the water receded, he only found some workshop equipment. Some of the customer's motorbikes that were about to be repaired also disappeared.

“I do not know how to compensate my customers. The flood destroyed my workshop. I do not know what work to do. Where do I get the money? My plan now is to build a simple hut. I want to rebuild a workshop from scratch. I'm waiting for sustenance or help," Supadi explained.

Brown flowers

Meanwhile, about 500 meters from Supadi's house, Agus Mulyono (35) stared blankly at a muddy land. He sat in a cemented area. The torrential flood destroyed his former house.

Although sad that his house has been destroyed, this man, who loves ornamental plants, was unable to transfer his greatest disappointment to the flowers he planted in his front yard. His flowers and ornamental plants, which were soon ready to be sold, were swept away—the beautiful white and yellow flowers, now dead and brown after blending with the dirt and mud.

"At that time, I was not at home. I was helping to send flowers to customers. Then I got calls from people near the house if there was a flash flood. I immediately went home. When I arrived, the flash flood washed away everything and destroyed my house. Mud filled my garden,” said Agus.

Agus estimated the loss to be in the tens of millions. He is now working odd jobs as a worker in someone else's garden. He hopes to raise capital again to start his garden.

“For now, I have not thought about rebuilding my house. I am hoping for some help rebuilding it. Alhamdulillah, there are good neighbors. They gave me some bricks even though it is far from enough to build," said Agus while showing the ACTNews team a pile of white bricks given to him by his neighbor.[]