“A few days before the floods, rains of high intensity fell in the upper reaches of the Kahayan, Miri, and Rungan Rivers, causing them to overflow their banks and floodwater to inundate houses along the riversides," Chief of the Emergency and Logistics Section of the Gunung Mas District Disaster Mitigation Board Muliadi said on Tuesday.
Houses along the riverbanks were hit the hardest, he added.
On-duty officers in the sub-districts are currently collecting data related to the floods, including the number of homes flooded and material losses.
Muliadi did not rule out the possibility that the number of flooded houses will increase.
"The officers are currently collecting data. They have difficulties reporting the data due to poor communication signals. However, they will find areas where communication signals are good to send the data," he said.
The nine flood-hit sub-districts are Damang Batu, Miri Manasa, Kahayan Hulu Utara, Tewah, Kurun, Rungan Hulu, Rungan, Mihing Raya, and Sepang.
Flooding was reported in Damang Batu, Miri Manasa, and Kahayan Hulu Utara on Sunday (September 13, 2020), and in Tewah, Kurun, Rungan Hulu, Rungan, Mihing Raya, and Sepang the following day.
Meanwhile, floods have inundated thousands of houses in 18 villages in Melawi district of neighboring West Kalimantan Province following incessant and heavy rains over the past one week.
"The flood-affected villages include Tanjung Lay, Tembawang Panjang, Pal, Tanjung Niaga, Kenual, Baru, and Sidomulyo in Nanga Pinoh Sub-district, Melawi District," chief of the Melawi Resort Police, Adjunct Senior Commissioner Tris Supriadi, said here on Monday after visiting several of the flooded areas.
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