Overflowing Rivers Cause Flooding to Hit Three Districts in Paser

The Regional Disaster Mitigation Board (BPBD) of Paser Regency reported that floods in Paser were caused by multiple factors, including the overflowing of two rivers in the area as well as the flow of water from the headwaters and the lack of watersheds of the Kandilo and Sakeau rivers.

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Flood in Paser Regency of East Kalimantan, Tuesday (5/10/2021) (BNPB)

ACTNews, PASER REGENCY — Kandilo River and Sakerau River overflowed due to the heavy rain that hit on Monday (10/4/2021). The embankments were unable to hold the massive discharge of the rivers, leading to the flooding that hit Paser Regency of East Kalimantan on Monday (10/4/2021).

The Regional Disaster Management Board (BPBD) of Paser Regency reported that the flooding was caused by multiple factors, including the overflowing of these two rivers, the flow of water from the headwaters, as well as the lack of watershed basins of Kandilo and Sakerau Rivers.

"The flooding affected 152 families or about 717 individuals in three districts: Long Ikis, Muara Komam, and Batu Sopang Districts," said the Acting Head of the National Disaster Mitigation Boards (BNPB)’s Disaster Data, Information and Communication Center Abdul Muhari.

Approximately 450 fled to their relatives' homes. Some evacuated to a temporary emergency evacuation site at Nurul Fallah Mosque.

It is recorded that 230 housing units have been flooded with a water level of 100-150 meters. One house was heavily damaged. In addition, the flood also drowned roads and educational facilities.

Paser Regency Disaster Mitigation Board further reported that the flooding in Muara Komam District had been observed to have increased, but it had begun to recede in Long Ikis District.

The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has forecasted that high-intensity high-intensity rain accompanied by lightning and strong winds can potentially occur in East Kalimantan until Monday (10/11/2021) following the presence of tropical cyclones that have emerged and grown in the northern hemisphere. []