Samarinda Flood Emergency Due to Rising Water Level

Floods again inundated Samarinda. Thousands of people were affected, and activities were hampered. BMKG also estimates that in the next week, Samarinda will still have the potential to rain.

flooding in Samarinda
One of the locations affected by flooding in Samarinda. (ACTNews/Afif Karomi)

ACTNews, SAMARINDA – High-intensity rainfall that occurred in Samarinda, East Kalimantan, caused flooding on Thursday (9/16/2021). It submerged houses in Tani Aman and Simpang 3 Villages, Loa Janan Ilir District. The water level varies from 40 to 125 centimeters.

This flood affected 5942 people from 1853 families, 1845 houses and other buildings were submerged, and some access roads were flooded. It was disrupting the activities of residents, and some even used boats for their mobility.

ACT Humanitarian Command Post has been established at Haji Salih Tani Aman Housing, Loa Janan Ilir, Samarinda. The team distributed assistance to survivors and monitored the rise and fall of floodwaters. Monitoring was carried out because high water can affect inundated areas.

"We continue to be alert because the potential for rain is still high. Masyarakat Relawan Indonesia (MRI) team and other joint team continue to monitor flood conditions," explained Dimas Bayu Prasetyo, Regional Coordinator of MRI East Kalimantan, Friday (9/17/2021).

Based on a report from the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency website, in the next week, the weather in Samarinda will still be dominated by dark clouds and rain. From this possibility, residents are expected to remain aware of floods and other disasters that may arise.[]