Floods displace over 20 residents of Kudus

Floods displace over 20 residents of Kudus

Flooding in Central Java, Jan 27, 2019. ANTARA FOTO/Harviyan Perdana Putra/pras.

Kudus, Central Java (ANTARA News) - Floods hit Jati Wetan, Dukuh Gendok, Tanggulangin, and Barisan villages in Jati Sub-district, Kudus District, Central Java Province, and forced at least 24 local residents to take refuge in a safer place.

Incessant heavy rains triggered floodwaters reaching 40 to 60 centimeters in height, Wahyu Adi, head of the Jati Sub-district, stated here, Monday.

The local authorities have set up a public kitchen for flood victims, he noted.

The Jati Wetan rural hall has been prepared to accommodate people displaced by the flooding.

Jatis Kapuan, Tanjungkarang, Jati Kulon, and Pasuruhan Lor villages in Jati Sub-district were also flooded.

Mejobo and Kaliwungu were the other sub-districts that experienced flooding.

A total of 1,707 families comprising 6,016 people in the villages of Golantepus, Mejobo, and Temulus were also affected by floods.

Meanwhile, on Sunday, thousands of houses in Batang and Pekalongan districts and Pekalongan municipality, also in Central Java, were flooded on Sunday morning following heavy rains that fell overnight.

The flooding affected the villages of Proyonangan Tengah, Kauman, Karanganyar, Watusalit, Kalipucang Wetan, Kalipucang Kulon, Klidang Lor, and Klidang Wetan in Batang District, with the water level reaching up to a meter in height, forcing hundreds of families to evacuate to higher grounds.

In Pekalongan Municipality, North Pekalongan Sub-district was hit the hardest by the flooding, with almost all villages, including Panjang Wetan, Kandang Panjang, Bendan, Bandengan, and Pabean flooded.

In Pekalongan District, the floods hit the villages of Wonokerto, Jeruksari, Tirto, and Kajen.

The floods also disrupted traffic on Central Java`s northern coastal highway, particularly in the two districts and municipality, as several sections of the highway were submerged by floodwaters.

Earlier, the Indonesian Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency had warned of possible flooding, as the country is currently experiencing the peak of the rainy season until February.

Reporting by Akhmad Nazaruddin, fardah

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