Responding to the Flood in Central Kalimantan Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic

The flood that affects several regencies in Central Kalimantan and South Kalimantan provinces has not receded. In the midst of the pandemic, the volunteers need to comply with the health protocol to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Responding to the Flood in Central Kalimantan Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic' photo
The flood inundated the community health center in Meranti District of Landak Regency, West Kalimantan. Picture shared by Aksi Cepat Tanggap volunteers on Thursday (9/11). (ACTNews)

ACTNews, LANDAK, KETAPANG, KAPUAS HULU, MELAWI, SERUYAN - Eight districts have been inundated by the flood in central Kalimantan province, Tuesday (9/15). The flood that has lasted for a week has affected 4,509 families consisting of 16,459 people, as reported by the National Board for Disaster Mitigation (BNPB). The flood also drowned 4,000 houses across nine districts:  Seruyan Tengah, Batu Ampar, Antang Kalang, Marikit, Mentaya Hulu, Seruyan Hulu, Suling Tambun, Manjul, and Danau Seluluk.

BNPB also reported that the flood has affected Katapang Regency in West Kalimantan (9/15) where almost 150 families were affected by Tuesday.

The flood in west Kalimantan has lasted for several days. West Kalimantan Regional Disaster Mitigation Board has reported that the flood drowned 1,469 houses in Sokan District, Malawi Regency, West Kalimantan on Sunday. This disaster has reportedly killed a local while hundreds of others have evacuated. The height of the water varies from 60 to 250 cm.

On Monday, the flood also affected around 980 families in Kapuas Hulu Regency, Western Kalimantan. The height of the water reached 40 to 100 cm.

Aksi Cepat Tanggap and Masyarakat Relawan Indonesia have delivered emergency aid to the flood victims in West Kalimantan and Central Kalimantan. Staple foods have been delivered to the flood victims in Seruyan District, Seruyan Regency in Central Kalimantan and Landak Regency in West Kalimantan.

Nicho Dwi Anggoro, Coordinator of MRI volunteers who are assisting the flood victims in Landak Regency said, ACT and MRI have opened several disaster command posts and are planning for further. The volunteers in Pontianak are fundraising to provide aid for the flood victims.

On a separate occasion, the commander of Aksi Cepat Tanggap Disaster Emergency Response team Kusmayadi supported the emergency response teams who are working in responding to the flood in West Kalimantan and Central Kalimantan. “We instruct all volunteers on the field to maintain and comply with the health protocol amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. We are sure that they are doing their best to assist the victims of the flood, " said Kusmayadi

You can support ACT’s actions  in assisting the flood victims by donating to the BNI Syariah account number 66 00000 12 for West Kalimantan flood victims and account number 88 00000 490 in the name of Aksi Cepat Tanggap for Central Kalimantan flood victims. []