Floods triggered by torrential rains inundate Singkawang, W Kalimantan

Floods triggered by torrential rains inundate Singkawang, W Kalimantan

Singkawang Fish Market is flooded on July 30, 2020. (ANTARA/Rudi)

Pontianak, West Kalimantan (ANTARA) - Heavy rains that had lashed Singkawang in West Kalimantan Province since Wednesday night triggered flooding in parts of the city on Thursday.

Flooding swamped roads and compelled people living near the banks of Singkawang River to evacuate to higher ground, Jayadi, head of the Singkawang Disaster Mitigaton Office (BPBD), noted here on Thursday.

"Some 50-60 percent of Singkawang City, especially the five sub-districts, were inundated," he stated.

The floodwaters reached heights of between two centimeters to 1.2 meters.

The local authorities, supported by police officers and volunteers, were deployed to aid the evacuation process of flood victims living near Singkawang River.

The displaced people were transported aboard boats to the district head offices and Harmoni Shelter in Sekok.

Trading activities at the Singkawang Beringin traditional market came to a temporary standstill owing to the flooding.

The local meteorology has forecast that Singkawang will continue to receive rains until the next several days.

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