Pontianak, W Kalimantan (ANTARA) - Flash floods inundated certain areas of the villages of Lamolda and Sekinyak near the Indonesia-Malaysia land border in West Kalimantan after heavy rains pelted the areas from morning to afternoon on Wednesday (Feb 3).

The floodwaters that submerged certain areas of the two villages in Lumar Sub-district, Bengkayang District, reached as high as an adult's waist, Yordanus Misa from Bengkayang District's Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) stated here on Thursday.

The flooding disrupted the mobility of locals since several motorists could not navigate their way through the inundated road sections of the villages, he remarked.

The torrential rains came to a halt at 5:10 p.m. local time on Wednesday, but the floodwaters had yet to recede, Misa noted, adding that several houses were still inundated.

The floods, submerging certain parts of Lumar Sub-district since Wednesday, were not the first catastrophe to have struck this year. Several areas of Bengkayang District had earlier been hit by flash floods in January.

The local government conducted disaster mitigation efforts to assist those affected by flooding.

Various parts of Indonesia are prone to natural disasters. Within the initial two months of 2021, several hydrological disasters have occurred in the islands of Sumatra, Java, Kalimantan, and Sulawesi.

In Java Island, for instance, landslides hit Cihanjuang Village in Cimanggung Sub-district, Sumedang District, West Java Province.

Meanwhile, in Sumatra Island, flash floods and a landslide damaged seven homes and broke a bridge in Wih Ni Durin Village, Syiah Utama Sub-district, Bener Meriah District, Aceh Province, following incessant heavy rains in the Gayo highland area.

In the island of Kalimantan, massive floods and landslides also hit several parts of South Kalimantan following incessant downpour on January 12, 2021.

The floods affected the districts of Banjar, Tapin, Tabalong, Balangan, and Hulu Sungai Tengah and the cities of Tanah Laut and Banjar Baru.

The massive floods, triggered by incessant heavy rains since Jan 12, reportedly claimed 15 lives, swamped 24,379 houses, and displaced 39,549 people.

According to Tanah Laut District Head Sukamta, the massive floods also triggered landslides that claimed the lives of five residents.

The landslides struck the Guntung Besar Village and Gunung Keramaian area of Panggung Baru Village in Pelaihari Sub-district, Sukamta stated.

The floods also toppled two bridges connecting the areas of Angsau and Pabahanan sub-districts as well Kurau and Takisung sub-districts, he stated.
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