MRI South Kalimantan Sends Team to Help Central Kalimantan Flood

Floods in Central Kalimantan have been going on for a long time and are widespread. Communities in Central Kalimantan need help. For this reason, ACT and MRI of South Kalimantan contributed by sending a team of volunteers to participate in disaster management.

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MRI volunteers are on their way to a flood-affected village in Central Kalimantan. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, BANJARMASIN – Responding to the widespread flooding that has lasted for three weeks in Central Kalimantan, Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) together with Masyarakat Relawan Indonesia (MRI) South Kalimantan sent a team of 34 volunteers to help the people in Central Kalimantan. The team sent assistance because the flood has lasted a long time and is widespread so that it affects people's lives.

“We sent 34 volunteers consisting of field commanders, data collection teams, rescue teams, and reporting teams. They left on Sunday (9/19/2021),” explained Branch manager of ACT South Kalimantan Zainal Arifin in Banjarmasin.

MRI team carried out various humanitarian actions from rescue to the distribution of aid. Volunteers were also assigned to various areas from Katingan, Pulang Pisau to Palangkaraya.

“Until now, even though it has been three weeks of flooding, the evacuation process is still ongoing. The duration of the flood has affected the lives of residents," explained the Field Commander of the ACT-MRI Team, Muhammad Riadi.

Riadi added that one of the evacuations which left quite an impression on the volunteers was when they helped evacuate a mother who was giving birth on Tuesday (9/21/2021) on Jalan Jekan Raya, Palangkaraya. Amid the flood, Fatimah, one of the residents, gave birth at her house.

“After giving birth, the volunteer team immediately evacuated the baby to a safer location with an inflatable boat. Flooding at the birthing location is quite deep, so caution is needed. The baby was then given the name Siti Fatimah by the father," said Riadi.

In addition to MRI volunteers, various organizations such as Indonesian Offroad Federation (IOF) Kalsel, Jip Adventure Club Kalsel (JACKS) dan Yayasan Insan Peduli Kasih Tanah Bumbu also participated in the humanitarian mission to Central Kalimantan. They provided various necessities to support humanitarian action.[]