Samarinda Flooding Starts to Recede

Even though water level starts to wane, residents were put on high alert, considering unpredictable changing weather.

ACTNews, SAMARINDA – According to a data collected by Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) team in locations that were damaged by flooding, water level started to get lower drastically. Previously, the water level in some neighborhoods reached up to more than 4 feet, the highest recorded. By Thursday (6/13) night, water level was at 2.5 feet.

Nusa Indah from Indonesian Volunteer Community (Masyarakat Relawan Indonesia/MRI) said on Friday (6/14) that this water level dropped. This was supported by tame weather in the last couple of days. However, this does not close the possibility that flooding would drown neighborhoods for upcoming days, considering there's some ebb and flow. “Near Mahakam upstream it starts to flood again,” Nusa reveals.

Monitoring receding flood in some locations, MRI-ACT team prepares tools to clean up houses of worship and educational facilities. This clean up aims to prepare schools to be used for learning activities that, hopefully, would start immediately.

Meanwhile, in other locations where water level is still high, MRI-ACT team is on high alert. On Friday (6/14), they arrive at Glatik post after scanning neighborhoods and providing medical assistance for sick residents. “We stand by 24 hour a day in Glatik post, we also provide medical assistance to residents who drop by our post. Sometimes we also visit flooded houses that were still inhabited by families,” Nusa added.

Disturbing daily activities

The week-long flooding had disturbed daily activities in impacted locations. Economy practices are put on hold after water submerged the center of economic activities. Stores are closed, and market does not function as usual.

More than economic center, other public facilities in the capital of East Kalimantan are also impacted. Schools and houses of worship are severely damaged. Now, as the water starts to recede, people, volunteers, and officers work hand in hand to clean up public facilities from mud and other materials from the flooding .[]