The ready-to-use aid will be distributed among district and city disaster mitigation agencies (BPBD) according to the extent of damage due to the disaster.
Jakarta (ANTARA) - The National Disaster Mitigation Board (BNPB) has offered aid reaching Rp2.25 billion for handling the impact of flooding and landslides that wrecked havoc in Bengkulu Province over the weekend.

"The ready-to-use aid will be handed out to district and city disaster mitigation agencies (BPBD) in line with the extent of damage arising from the disaster," Chief of the BNPB Data and Information Center and Public Relations Sutopo Purwo Nugroho noted in a press statement released on Monday.

The flood and landslides struck nearly all districts and municipality in Bengkulu after 48 hours of downpour over the weekend.

The torrential rains led to rivers overflowing their banks, thereby causing flooding and landslides in several areas.

The flood-affected districts comprised Central Bengkulu, North Bengkulu, Kepahiang, Rejang Lebong, Lebong, Seluma, South Bengkulu, and Kaur. The Bengkulu provincial capital was also affected by the flooding.

As of 7 p.m. local time on Sunday, the flood and landslides claimed 17 lives, inflicted serious injuries to two people and light injuries to two others, while nine were still unaccounted for.

The death toll comprised 11 from Central Bengkulu District, three from Bengkulu City, and three from Kepahiang District.

Some 13 thousand residents were affected by the flood and landslides, of which 12 thousand evacuated to higher ground.

The disasters also damaged some 184 houses, seven educational facilities, and 40 infrastructures and facilities.


Translator: Dewanto Samodro, Suharto
Editor: Fardah Assegaf
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