Areal extent of flooding in Samarinda increases

Areal extent of flooding in Samarinda increases

Volunteers distributed food aid and medicine for flood victims in Samarinda on Tuesday (11/6/2019). Antaranews Kaltim/M Ghofar

Samarinda, East Kalimantan (ANTARA) - Flooding in Samarinda, East Kalimantan, extended to a broader area and affected 9,358 families constituting 30,580 people, rising from 20 thousand people the day before, in North Samarinda, Sungai Pinang, and Samarinda Ulu sub-districts.

Sungai Pinang bore the maximum brunt, with the natural disaster impacting 23,261 residents, Hendra AH, secretary of the Samarinda disaster mitigation office, remarked here on Tuesday.

In North Samarinda, flooding affected 13,794 people, including 828 families comprising 2,534 people in the Sempaja Timur urban village and 2,511 residents of Sempaja Utara. Floodwaters reached heights of nearly 100 centimeters (cm) in the Bumi Sempaja residential complex.

In the Griya Mukti housing complex located in the Gunung Lingai urban village, floodwaters rose to heights of 80 to 170 cm, impacting 1,390 households of 4,764 people.

In the Samarinda Ulu Sub-district, 328 families comprising 1,201 people, mostly of Sidodadi Urban Village, are reeling under the impact of the flooding.

The Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) has disbursed logistics aid to the victims of flooding that had hit Samarinda over the past six days.

Recently, flooding ravaged several Indonesian provinces, including East Kalimantan, Central Sulawesi, Southeast Sulawesi, and South Kalimantan.

Flooding in Morowali District in Central Sulawesi over the past 72 hours has destroyed four bridges and caused extensive damage to over 10 homes.

A total of 1,437 residents of Dampala Village and 800 residents of Leelee Village were affected by the flooding.