ACTNews, BENGKULU – Bengkulu is afflicted with sorrow as flood drowned dozens of houses in the city since Wednesday (12/12). Responding to this situation, Masyarakat Relawan Indonesia (MRI) – Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) volunteers were dispatched to help the flood victims. With the help of the locals, the team established public kitchen and distributed meals and groceries in Tanjung Haya Village, Sungai Serut Sub-District, Bengkulu city.
Octari Ezon, coordinator of MRI-ACT Bengkulu reported that the flood drowned around 60 houses in Tanjung Jaya Village, with water surface reaching 1.5 – 2 meters. The flood has made it extremely difficult for the locals to do their daily activities.
“The flood makes it difficult for the locals to do their activities like cooking and laundering. The flood also drowned the road restricting the movement of the locals. Some of the locals use boats and rafts for their daily activities,” said Ezon.
Ezon said that there were no reports of casualties, but one of the locals’ tents were collapsed by the storm that raged in the middle of the night. He was grateful that ACT’s aid alleviated the locals’ hardships. “Alhamdulillah, the locals were greatly helped by the aid,” said Ezon.
The flood was caused by torrential rains that fell on Bengkulu City since Wednesday (12/12). Additionally, the flood was also caused by the overflow of Bengkulu River.
Indonesian Bureau of Meteorology Climatology and Geophysics (BMKG) stated that Bengkulu was among the region that was showered by heavy rains that lasted until Saturday (12/15). BMKG also predicted that the humidity level was 85 percent with the wind velocity of 9 km/h.
Based on BMKG’s latest data, as of Thursday (12/13), around 62% of all regions in Indonesia have entered rainy season. Additionally, BMKG also predicted potential for torrential rains and storms that will happen in the span of a week (December 10 to December 16) in some provinces on Sumatera and Java Islands, including Bengkulu.
The high rain intensity in mid-December has caused series of disasters like landslides, twisters and floods in several regions. In November, it is recorded that 72 floods, 74 landslides and 77 twisters have occurred. The public is advised to remain careful and alert to the possibilities of disasters during rainy reason.