Flooding in Samarinda impacts lives of 20 thousand people

Flooding in Samarinda impacts lives of 20 thousand people

Volunteers repair a three-wheeler vehicle that has been used to evacuate flood victims in Samarinda on Monday (11/6/2019). Antaranews Kaltim/M Ghofar

Samarinda, East Kalimantan (ANTARA) - A total of 20 thousand people are reeling under the impact of flooding that struck three sub-districts in Samarinda, East Kalimantan Province, over the past five days.

The three sub-districts of North Samarinda, Samarinda Ulu, and Sungai Pinang were affected by the flooding, Sugeng Chairuddin, secretary of the Samarinda municipality administration, remarked here on Tuesday.

Floodwaters, reaching over a meter in height, inundated several thousand homes in residential areas, such as Bengkuring, Griya Mukti, Temindung, and Gunung Lingai.

Flood victims were in dire need of instant food, clean water, blankets, clothing, baby diapers, sanitary napkins, and medicines, he noted.

The victims have put forth an appeal to the public to send relief aid, especially cooked food, a shortage of which has been experienced.