Three Weeks of Flooding, Sintang Residents Direly Need Food Aid and Medicines

Three weeks of flooding has paralyzed the community's economy. There's nothing they can do but rely on assistance to come.

West Kalimantan flood.
High-level water inundates the area around Jami Sultan Nata Mosque, Sintang Regency, Monday (11/15/2021)

ACTNews, SINTANG REGENCY – It has been three weeks since Sintang Regency, West Kalimantan is flooded. At least 32,919 residents are in dire need of food and medical assistance.

Residents handle the flooding by creating high tables to prevent overflowing water from entering their homes. The same tables are also used as emergency sleep mats.

Nircho Dwi ANggor from ACTWest Kalimantan Program mteam said that the water level is varied. Even though water has subsided in several locations, the high and unpredictable rainfall may easily raise the water level again.

“The water level is still around 50 centimeters to 1.5 meters. In several areas, the water level reaches three meters," he said when contacted on Monday (11/15/2021).

Nircho continued, currently, residents of Sintang Regency are in dire need of food and medical assistance considering three weeks of flooding has paralyzed the community's economy. There's nothing they can do but rely on assistance to come.

“Residents have been staying in the evacuation post for three weeks. They have no choice but to wait for assistance from Generous Benefactors,” Nircho explained.

The urgent needs are including ready-to-eat food, medicines, sanitation, and infant equipment. Nircho continues that the MRI-ACT West Kalimantan team strives to fulfill the needs of the flood survivors. Nircho hopes for the benefactors to be able to assist the action by sharing their best alms.[]