Cirebon, W Java (ANTARA) - Flash floods, triggered by the overflowing of Cirebes River, have inundated three villages in Waled Sub-district, Cirebon District, West Java, following heavy rains that lashed the areas on Friday evening.

The flood-hit villages are Mekarsari, Gunung Sari, and Ciuyah, Acting head of the Cirebon Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) Alex Suheriyawan stated.

As a result, several houses of villagers residing along and near the banks of Ciuyah River were inundated with floodwaters reaching a height of one meter, he stated.

In Mekarsari Village, floods submerged 369 houses and several public facilities in 1-5 Hamlet as well as 350 houses, a mosque, and several school buildings in the 1-4 Hamlet of Gunungsari Village, he stated.

Meanwhile, 245 houses in the neighborhoods of 1-3 of Ciuyah Village were also submerged, he remarked, adding that the floodwaters had yet to recede.

Heavy rains also pelted certain areas in the provinces of Central Java and East Java.

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Consequently, the Jenes River in Laweyan Sub-district, Solo City, Central Java, overflowed on Friday and triggered flooding that forced several hundred residents to take refuge.

The heavy rains that battered Grogol Sub-district's area in Kediri District, East Java, on January 20, 2022, had caused flooding and landslides in several places.

Kediri District Head Hanindhito Himawan Pramono had urged authorities from related government agencies to repair public facilities affected by the catastrophe.

Several parts of Indonesia are prone to natural disasters.

Last year, hydrological disasters had been reported in the provinces of Papua and West Papua as well as several provinces in the islands of Sumatra, Java, Kalimantan, and Sulawesi.

On September 14, 2021, flash floods inundated some areas of the districts of Nabire and Yapen in Papua Province. Heavy rainfall also caused a bridge in Nabire to collapse.

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On Java Island, landslides were reported in Cihanjuang Village in Cimanggung Sub-district, Sumedang District, West Java Province.

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

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

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 and heavy rains in January 2021, reportedly claimed 15 lives, swamped 24,379 houses, and displaced 39,549 people.

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