Thousands of Liters of Clean Water Distributed for Bantaeng Flood Victims

ACT and MRI South Sulawesi distributed 5,000 liters of clean water to communities affected by the flash flood in Bantaeng Regency, South Sulawesi. This clean water distribution is expected to be able to overcome the water crisis caused by the damaged water pipes.

Thousands of Liters of Clean Water Distributed for Bantaeng Flood Victims' photo
Distribution of clean water in the Bantaeng area last Friday (12/6). (ACTNews)

ACTNews, BANTAENG - Bantaeng Regency in South Sulawesi, a region known for its beauty and well-organized government, is recovering from the floods that struck most of this region on Friday (6/12) then damaged various public facilities, including water pipelines owned by local Regional Drinking Water Company (PDAM).

As an effort to help fellow Indonesians affected by the flood, Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) and Masyarakat Relawan Indonesia (MRI) South Sulawesi provided clean water for the flood-hit communities.

"For the next few days, as much as 5,000 liters of clean water will be distributed daily to flood-hit communities who have difficulty getting clean water due to the damage to the PDAM pipeline after the flood like what’s happening in Kampung Pa'rang and Kampung Tino," said Catherin Imran, ACT South Sulawesi Branch Manager.

Catherin added, the residents' main water source has not been able to be used due to the blocked water flow. "We hope that the distribution of clean water can be a solution to help the residents who are currently experiencing water crisis until later the blocked pipeline can be used again," she said.

Data from the Bantaeng Regency Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) shows that the material loss caused by damaged buildings reached IDR 33 billion as many houses, public facilities, shops and government offices, and private buildings were damaged.

Last Friday, flash flood hit suddenly. The locals did not expect that the short period of rain can lead to flooding up to 2 meters high. On certain locations such as Jalan Lorong Sunyi and Jalan T.A. Gani, the water level reached 3 meters high. In fact, at certain points such as in the reach heights of up to 3 meters. BPBD Bantaeng, as reported by Tribun Timur on Saturday, stated that there were around 10,000 people affected by this flood.

To serve the 10,000 flood victims, ACT and MRI volunteers on the location set up a humanitarian post and public kitchen. Basic supplies have also been distributed since the first day after the flash flood. []