ACTNews, GRESIK – The beginning in 2020 brought sadness to the people of Indonesia who were hit by floods in Greater Jakarta, Banten, and other areas in Indonesia. Among the flood-hit areas was Gresik Regency. In Gurangiyar Village, Cerme Subdistrict, around 270 houses were submerged by the flood that reached 1.5-meter high.
All affected residents have been evacuated to the village hall and safer places. The flood hampered their activities, and assistance was difficult to deliver because the main road leading to the village could not be traversed.
Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) and Masyarakat Relawan Indonesia (MRI) East Java, Komunitas Teman Kita Ada, and Insania Indonesia responded to the flood by delivering 320 food packages to the flood victims on Thursday (1/9). The aid was sent to the evacuation site using a raft provided by East Java Regional Disaster Mitigation Board (BPBD).
M. Rohadi, Commander of ACT East Java's Disaster Emergency Response (DER), said his team immediately went to Cerme Subdistrict after learning that the residents there were affected by flooding. "As soon as we got the news that residents in Cerme were flooded, our team immediately coordinated with the local community in the disaster-hit area to assess the needs of the flood victims," Rohadi said.
Andik Taufiq, Head of the Gebusyar Village, narrated that the flood quickly submerged many houses in the village. "Heavy rains fell from afternoon to night. As a result, Lamong river overflowed, and the water quickly flooded the village. We are grateful to be able to evacuate the residents quickly so that there were no casualties," explained Andik.
"About 270 houses were flooded as the water reached as high as 1.5 meters. The local residents are still very dependent on aid. We are grateful to ACT for helping our residents," added Andik.