ACTNews, CENTRAL JAVA – Several areas in Central Java were flooded after heavy rains that hit on Monday (10/26). The flood-hit areas included Cilacap and Kebumen. The flood also led to landslides in Kandangwangi Village, Wanadadi District, Banjarnegara Regency.
"In Banyumas area, the rain was quite heavy. Several areas in Banjarnegara were hit by landslides. The flood has also hit Cilacap and Kebumen,” said Rama Fardiansyah, Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) Purwokerto Branch Manager, Monday (10/26).
Regional Disaster Mitigation Board (BPBD) reported that the flood in Mujur Lor Village in Cilacap reached the height of an adult’s knees up to 1 meter. In Kebumen Regency, there are 13 villages were flooded. Several roads and a bridge were submerged. Some areas were hit by landslides.
Responding to the floods and landslides, ACT Purwokerto deployed evacuation teams to the flood-hit locations. "We will first deploy a team to Kebumen, because, according to reports, the flooding in that location is quite severe. If the time is right, we will also head to Kroya District, Cilacap Regency,” explained Rama.
A houses submerged by flood in Kroya District. (ACTNews)
The team will evacuate the locals and assess their emergency needs. In addition, the team will also distribute emergency assistance. "Along with the team, we have also sent basic food assistance for the flood victims. If there’s an urgent need, we will also provide other kinds of assistance,” said Rama.
The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG)’s Ahmad Yani Meteorological Station in Semarang have issued warnings about the rain that was predicted to hit the mountains and the eastern part of Central Java.
"It is generally cloudy in the morning, and light to moderate rain falls in the afternoon and early evening. There’s a potential for heavy rain in the mountains in the Centre of Central Java and parts of Eastern Central Java. Beware of hydro-meteorological disasters such as floods and landslides," said BMKG’s Ahmad Yani Meteorological Station in Semarang MS Fuad in his written statement.
Light rain is predicted to hit Pemalang, Brebes and Tegal. Light to moderate rain is predicted to flush Cilacap, Kebumen, Purworejo, Klaten, Sukoharjo, Wonogiri, Rembang, Jepara, Ungaran, Kendal, Batang, Slawi, Solo, Salatiga, Semarang, Pekalongan, and Ambarawa. Moderate to heavy rain is predicted to hit Purwokerto, Purbalingga, Banjarnegara, Wonosobo, Mungkid, Boyolali, Karanganyar, Sragen, Purwodadi, Blora, Pati, Kudus, Demak, Temanggung, Kajen, Magelang, Bumiayu, and Majenang.
Rama invited the benefactors to assist flood victims in Central Java. "We hope for the support from the benefactors to those who are facing potential disasters and those that are already affected by floods. You can contribute by visiting Indonesia Dermawan website or donate through BNI Syariah account at 8800007871 in the name of Aksi Cepat Tanggap Foundation," concluded Rama.