Konawe , Sulawesi Tenggara (ANTARA) - The Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) has sent logistics assistance for people in Konawe District, Southeast Sulawesi Province, reeling from the impact of flooding over the past several days after the Konawe River overflowed.

"The PMI Headquarters has dispatched humanitarian logistic aid in line with the requirements. The dispatch of aid is a priority to help the victims of this natural disaster," Tia Kurniawan of the PMI remarked here on Tuesday.

The logistic assistance constituted family kits, hygiene kits, tarpaulin sheets, baby kits, blankets, raincoats, vests, and mattresses, she pointed out.

Moreover, the PMI Headquarters has offered cash for the local PMI office operations in Kowane.

Recently, flooding had affected several Indonesian provinces including East Kalimantan, Central Sulawesi, and South Kalimantan.

"Along with the distribution of logistic assistance, the PMI volunteers also helped in the evacuation and assessment process. They also served flood victims seeking refuge at several locations in Konawe and Samarinda (East Kalimantan Province)," she revealed.

In the meantime, flooding in three sub-districts in Samarinda over the past five days have brought the lives of some 20 thousand people to a standstill.

North Samarinda, Samarinda Ulu, and Sungai Pinang are the three flood-affected sub-districts, Sugeng Chairuddin, secretary of the Samarinda municipality administration, remarked in Samarinda on Tuesday.

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

The flood-affected people are in dire need of instant food, clean water, blankets, clothes, baby diapers, sanitary napkins, and medicines, he pointed out.

Translator: Aditia AR, Fardah
Editor: Bambang Purwanto
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