Thousands of Gunung Kidul residents evacuate following floods

Thousands of Gunung Kidul residents evacuate following floods

Hundreds of traders's kiosks in Gunungkidul beach area were hit by floods. Tidal waves as high as 5 meters close access roads along the coast. (ANTARA PHOTO/Hendra Nurdiyansyah)

Gunung Kidul, Yogyakarta (ANTARA News) - Flooding in the Gunung Kidul District of Yogyakarta Province has forced thousands of people to temporarily shift to evacuation shelters.

"According to the preliminary data, the count of evacuees reaches 2,911 people. The figure can increase, as the disaster is still occurring," Executive Head of the Gunung Kidul Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency Ruti Sulastri noted here on Thursday.

Joint mitigation officers also evacuated several people after some houses were damaged due to the landslide and flooding.

The evacuees also stayed at their relatives` houses and the village hall office.

The evacuation shelters are located in a total of 14 areas.

Sub-districts, such as Nglipar, Semanu, Gedangsari, and Patuk, have suffered the worst brunt of the disaster.

The largest number of evacuees has been reported in the sub-districts of Nglipar and Semanu.

Sulastri said the Gunung Kidul administration has issued an official statement on the disaster emergency status from Nov 28 to Dec 8.

"We are still calculating the total damage caused to residences and road infrastructure," she added.

Meanwhile, Deputy District Head of Gunung Kidul Immawan Wahyudi said the administration is still gathering information on the damaged infrastructure that can be repaired immediately.

The administration has prioritized key infrastructure to be repaired, including road access.

Bad weather occurred in the southern area of Java Island due to the Cempaka tropical cyclone forming in the southern waters of Java Sea.

Heavy rains and strong winds occurred in the southern areas in West Java Province, Central Java Province, Yogyakarta, and East Java, thereby causing floods.