Several hundred homes in Cirebon inundated

Several hundred homes in Cirebon inundated

Flooding in Cirebon City, West Java, on Jan 14, 2020. (ANTARA/Khaerul Izan/h-fdh)

Cirebon, West Java (ANTARA) - Hundreds of homes were flooded in the Kalijaga neighborhood in Cirebon, West Java Province, after unremitting heavy rains triggered local rivers to overflow their banks.

"We do not know the exact figure (of flooded homes), but it is around hundreds," Cirebon Mayor Nasrudin Azis stated here on Monday.

Kalijaga is prone to flooding since several rivers flow through the area, he noted.

The floodwaters reached heights of between 50 and 100 centimeters, he remarked, forcing several local residents, especially the old and senior citizens, to flee to higher grounds.

Meanwhile, death toll in the greater Jakarta and Banten floods and landslides rose, from 43 to 46, while 173,064 sought refuge in safe places, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) revealed.

The flooding swamped a wide range of areas in various sub-districts in the provinces of Jakarta, West Java, and Banten, the agency's spokesman, Agus Wibowo, noted in a press statement made available to ANTARA in Jakarta on Jan 3, 2020.

The flash floods, caused by high-intensity rainfall over several days, swamped several areas of 18 sub-districts in Bekasi District, 17 sub-districts in Jakarta, and 13 sub-districts in Bogor District and Tangerang City respectively.

The disaster also affected 12 sub-districts in Bekasi City, 11 sub-districts in Depok City, and six sub-districts in Lebak District, Bogor City, and Tangerang Selatan City respectively, Wibowo stated.

Consequently, floodwaters, submerging houses, led to the forced displacement of 149,537 residents of Bekasi City in West Java Province. They were accommodated at 97 temporary shelters, while 11,474 Jakartans also took refuge and stayed at 66 temporary shelters.

The catastrophe that struck in early January had claimed the lives of at least 60 people in Bogor District, Bekasi City, Jakarta, Lebak District, Tangerang Selatan City, Depok City, Bogor City, and Bekasi District, he confirmed.

The agency also reported on a resident of Lebak District in Banten Province going missing.

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