BNPB confirms 277 houses in Gorontalo's three sub-districts inundated

BNPB confirms 277 houses in Gorontalo's three sub-districts inundated

Illustration - Flooding has submerged residents' houses. (ANTARA/HO/KT).

Jakarta (ANTARA) - As many as 277 houses were submerged in three sub-districts in Bone Bolango District, Gorontalo, according to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB).

The flooded houses were in the villages of Tuloa, Kopi, and Bendungan in North Bulango Sub-district, Acting Head of the Data, Information, and Communication Center Abdul Muhari noted in a written statement received here on Friday.

Floods also hit Ayola Telango Village in South Bulango Sub-district and Oata Village in Bulango Ulu Sub-district and swamped the people's homes in the region.

Based on data from the Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) of Bone Bolango District, as of Friday, November 5, at 8:15 a.m. local time, 368 householders or 1,231 people were affected by flooding.

At the time of the flooding, the water levels had reached between 30 and 150 cm.

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The BPBD in Bone Bolango District informed that currently, floodwaters had receded at all locations and it was seeking to offer emergency handling in the form of logistics distribution for the affected residents by using two-wheeled and four-wheeled modes of transportation.

In addition, BPBD continues to coordinate with the local government as a precautionary measure against further flooding on account of the likelihood of erratic rainfall.

Based on weather forecasts issued by the Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG), Bone Bolango District is likely to experience light to heavy rainfall and lightning during the day.

This weather forecast of heavy rainfall will last until Sunday, November 7, according to BMKG.

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Meanwhile, through BNPB's inaRISK, a portal that analyzes potential risks, it was found that Bone Bolango could likely experience flooding in the moderate to high categories.

Flooding is likely in 12 sub-districts, including the sub-districts of North Bulango, South Bulango, and Bulango Ulu.

In addressing these conditions, the BNPB has appealed to stakeholders to broadcast early warning information through digital communication and radio frequency networks to further increase alertness and preparedness.

Disaster early warning information can be taken into account in formulating policies and measuring preparedness at the family to government level.

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