Villages in Lebak Hit by Flashfloods

Heavy rains led to the overflow of Cimandur River in Bayah Subdistrict and Cisantayan River in Cibeber Subdistrict, Lebak Regency, Banten. Hundreds of houses were submerged and thousands of villagers were affected.

Villages in Lebak Hit by Flashfloods' photo
A bridge in Kujangsari Village, Cibeber Subdistrict, Lebak Regency was destroyed by the flood. (ACTNews).

ACTNews, LEBAK - Floods as high as 30-200 centimeters submerged 150 residents' homes in Cibeber Subdistrict and 50 houses in Bayah Subdistrict, Lebak Regency. As a result, thousands of people were displaced. The total material loss is still uncertain.

Meanwhile, the Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) of Lebak said that 5,000 people were affected by the flash flood. "Around 5,000 families are affected by the flood," said Kaprawi as the Chief Executive of the BPBD Lebak Regency, as reported by Antara News Agency.

The overflow of the two rivers in Lebak Regency was caused by heavy rain that fell in Bayah and Cinsantayan Subdistricts since Friday (12/6) afternoon. The heavy rain also caused landslides in several locations including ​​Cipulus and Ciusul areas in Bayah Subdistrict. The landslides destroyed three bridges and closed the access to a tourist attraction in Banten. Five fishing boats were missing in the village of Bayah Tugu, Bayah Subdistrict. No fatalities were recorded in this disaster.

Volunteers from Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) Banten and the Masyarakat Relawan Indonesia (MRI) have been sent there to provide emergency aid. "We brought food, blankets, baby food, and cleaning supplies," said Sukma from ACT Banten program team.

According to Sukma, disaster survivors are still in need of other kinds of assistance. In addition to food, they also need clothes, religious equipment, and school kits considering that a number of mosques and schools are also affected. Heavy equipment is also needed to clean the debris that covers the road. []