Three Days Submerged by Rob Flood, Survivors in Semarang Start to Experience Health Issues

After the tidal flood submerged Semarang City three days ago, many flood survivors began to experience health problems. In response, the medical teams from Masyarakat Relawan Indonesia (MRI) and Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) provided health services to those, who had been alerted through the Humanitarian Command Post.

Many residents
Many residents develop itching and high blood pressure. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, SEMARANG – The tidal flood accompanied the bursting of the water-retaining embankment in Tanjung Emas, Semarang City, did not subside until Wednesday (5/25/2022) afternoon, three days after the incident. Three sub-districts were severely affected: Tanjung Emas Village, Bandarharjo Village, and Kemijen Village.

The ACT team has established the Humanitarian Command Post on Jl. Spoorland I RT 01 RW 03 Kemijen Village, East Semarang, in response to the tidal flood disaster. The team used this post to distribute thousands of ready-to-eat food packages and free medical services to affected residents.

Many residents began to experience various health complaints, according to a report submitted by medical volunteers from Masyarakat Relawan Indonesia (MRI) and Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) Semarang City.

"Most of the residents have complained of itching, which could be caused by a puddle of floodwater. This condition must be treated as soon as possible so that it does not worsen and spread to other diseases," said Ulya Hasna, Coordinator of Medical Volunteers.

The MRI and ACT teams deployed ten medical volunteers to Tanjung Emas and Kemijen sub-districts of Semarang City. "Medical team discovered people with high blood pressure. This is understandable given the effects of lack of sleep and fatigue in disaster-affected communities," said Hasna.

Sudarmaji (47), a resident of West Margorejo, Kemijen Village, stated that this was the worst tidal flood he had seen since 1986.

"Several residents who lost their homes have fled to patrol posts and other public facilities. Residents currently require ready-to-eat food and clean water due to limited access," He stated. []