MRI-ACT Sends Assistance, Set Up Public Kitchen in South Kalimantan

The flooding that hit five districts in South Kalimantan for a week has not subsided. MRI-ACT will send volunteers, assistance and set up a public kitchen for the food needs of the survivors.

The MRI Balangan team
The MRI Balangan team assists in handling floods in Balangan Regency, South Kalimantan. (ACTNews/Arsyad)

ACTNews, BANJARMASIN – The floods that hit most of the Banua Anam area in South Kalimantan have not subsided. It has been a week since the flood occurred and forced thousands of residents to evacuate.

Zainal Arifin, Branch Manager of ACT South Kalimantan, said based on data from MRI-ACT team, the flood submerged 29 districts, 102 villages, and spread over five regencies, namely Balangan Regency, Hulu Sungai Utara, Hulu Sungai Tengah. Tabalong, and Hulu Sungai Selatan. It also affected 6,918 families and 16,045 people.

“This flood forced 3,452 people to evacuate because it was getting worse, submerged 5,892 houses, damaged six bridges, and 89 units of public facilities," said Zainal, Tuesday (11/30/2021).

To respond to floods that have not subsided, ACT-MRI South Kalimantan deployed volunteers to help evacuate residents. The team will set up public kitchens and will distribute food for disaster survivors. The volunteers are from the affected area and MRI Banjarmasin. 

"Alhamdulillah, this afternoon, at 05.40 p.m Central Indonesia Time, we are sending the first batch of food assistance to the Banua Anam area, especially in the Hulu Sungai Tengah (HST) and Balangan regencies which are indeed severely affected by the floods," he explained.

The release of assistance in handling floods in the Banua Anam area. (ACTNews/Fikri)

Apart from sending food assistance, MRI-ACT South Kalimantan will also build public kitchens at the two worst flood points, namely in HST and Balangan Regencies. The kitchens will provide food needs for flood survivors.

“We invite all communities everywhere to help flood victims in the Banua Anam area. The best assistance from the community can be channeled through ACT South Kalimantan," he concluded.[]