South Kalimantan Flood Survivors Awaits Helping Hands

In Ramadan, the South Kalimantan flood survivors are still struggling so that their life will return to normal.

One of the flood survivors in Jejangkit Pasar Village, Barito Kuala Regency, shows his house which had been affected by the flood. (ACTNews/Fikri)
One of the flood survivors in Jejangkit Pasar Village, Barito Kuala Regency, shows his house which had been hit by the flood. (ACTNews/Fikri)

ACTNews, BARITO KUALA – Entering the third week of Ramadan, some residents in Bumi Lambung Mangkurat are still unable to carry out the normal activities even though the flood in South Kalimantan has long receded. The damages caused by the flood are still visible. Apart from that, the Covid-19 pandemic has also had an impact on their economic recovery.

Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) team visited Jejajngkit Pasar Village, Barito Kuala Regency on Wednesday (4/21/2021). The activities of people in this village have not resumed to normal although this place was the center of World Food Day activities in 2018. There are still many residents who have not been able to meet their needs.

One of the residents who is still dealing with the impact of the disaster is Aminah. She previously evacuated to her son's house in Taban District, and now has now returned home. However, she is still not sure how to carry out her daily activities. Currently, She is fishing in freshwater to meet her daily needs.

Like Aminah who is still struggling after the flood, Asikin, a resident of Jejangkit Pasar Village, is still dealing with the impacts of the flood. The water did not recede up until two months. “The water level was quite high and it lasted for a long time. The watermarks can be seen on my walls,” said Asikin who fled to his in-laws’ house when the disaster happened.

The flood also has an impact on Asikin’s economy. He has no idea how to cultivate his rice fields after being flooded for so long.

The residents affected by the flood in South Kalimantan still need help. They still need food assistance because, since the end of the emergency response period, aid delivery has been decreasing.

“South Kalimantan has not fully recovered. Many people need our help. Let us give the best assistance for them especially in the moment of Ramadan,” invited the Branch Manager of ACT South Kalimantan, Zainal Arifin. 

ACT continues to assist flood survivors in South Kalimantan with various kinds of assistance starting from food to housing. This effort cannot be separated from the role of benefactors who convey their best alms through ACT.[]