Cilacap, Jateng (ANTARA) - Seven sub-districts in Cilacap district, Central Java, have witnessed floods and landslides amid heavy rainfall, said Heru Kurniawan, head of the emergency and logistics division of the Cilacap Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD).

“Based on the existing preliminary data, the hydro-meteorological disasters were triggered by heavy rains that occurred on Monday night (November 16, 2020) until Tuesday morning in the seven sub-districts, five of which were hit by floods, and the others by landslides," he said here on Tuesday.

While Kroya, Sidareja, Bantarsari, Kedungreja, and Wanareja reported flooding, Karangpucung and Cimanggu witnessed landslides, he added.

In Kroya, 35 families comprising 129 persons were evacuated to higher grounds after their residential area was inundated by flood waters reaching a height of 10 cm to 1.5 m.

In Sidareja, flooding displaced 107 persons from their homes and forced them to take refuge in safer places.

In Cimanggu, landslides damaged a kindergarten building and a home in Cikadu hamlet, and another home and a small mosque in Genteng Wetan and Cikondang hamlets.

“We appeal to all people who live in disaster-prone areas to stay vigilant and ready because, based on the weather forecast issued by the BMKG, high intensity rain is still likely to occur,” Kurniawan cautioned.

Meanwhile, in Banyumas district, also located in Central Java province, floods and landslides struck a number of villages, leaving two persons dead and three others missing.

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