Solo, Central Java (ANTARA) - Floods inundated Laweyan Sub-district, Solo, Central Java Province, on Friday evening, forcing several hundred residents to flee to higher ground.

Erna, a resident of Totosari area, Pajang Village, remarked here on Saturday that the Jenes River overflowed its bank and inundated her house at around 5 p.m. local time.

The floodwaters reached a height of above an adult's knee, she remarked.

"I and other members of my family have taken refuge in a building in front of our house, which is located on a higher ground, so it does not get flooded," she stated.

As the floodwaters began to recede at around 10 p.m. local time, Erna and her family returned back to their home.

Erna recalled that the last time her home got inundated was three to four years back.

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Mulyoko, another resident, remarked that the floodwaters, reaching as high as 1.5 meters, submerged houses, forcing hundreds of residents to take refuge in the river embankment and Donowarih Village Hall.

He noted that 71 families were affected by the overflowing water of Jenes River following incessant rains in the area.

Earlier, Head of the Surakarta City Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPB) Nico Agus Putranto stated that the residents' houses submerged by the floodwaters were in several locations that the Jenes River crossed.

On Friday (Jan 21), most areas of Soloraya received heavy rains, he stated.

"Flooding in Surakarta was owing to factors, such as heavy-intensity rains and also due to the water discharged from Boyolali where it also rained heavily," he added.

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