Lebak, Banten (ANTARA) - The Banten provincial government on Wednesday asked motorists and drivers to stay alert while traveling on five road sections in Lebak district that are vulnerable to landslides during the rainy season.

The road sections comprise Cipanas - Ciparay, Gunung Luhur - Cipulus, Ciparay - Cikumpay, Bayah - Cikotok, and Picung - Malingping - Simpang, according to Banten's Public Works and Housing (PUPR) Office.

The vulnerable road sections are located in mountainous and hilly areas, head of the Highway and Bridge Management Unit of Banten's PUPR Office, Agus Mufariq, informed.

Last week, a landslide struck the Gunung Luhir-Cipulus road section, he said adding, no motorists or drivers who happened to pass through the road were harmed.

The landslide covered certain parts of the road section and disrupted traffic flow, he informed, adding that landslide debris and materials have been removed from the road section.

To anticipate any undesirable eventuality, excavators have also been kept on standby on vulnerable road sections, he said and urged motorists and drivers to remain cautious when traveling on the roads.

ANTARA reported earlier that this year's rainy season has triggered flooding and landslides in several areas in Indonesia.

Central Kalimantan, for instance, has experienced the impact of the intense rainfall recorded in several parts of the province since early this week.

According to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), the intense rainfall has caused flooding in Palangkaraya city and the districts of Murung Raya, Barito Selatan, Kotawaringin Barat, and Kapuas.

The agency said that Murung Raya was the first district in Central Kalimantan to be affected by flash floods.

Since January 15, 2024, floods have been reported in 38 villages in six sub-districts. As many as 31,178 residents have been affected by flooding, while 9,527 homes and 28 schools have been submerged by floodwaters.

In Southeast Sulawesi, floods triggered by heavy rainfall have inundated 1,011 homes in the sub-districts of Kolaka, Latambaga, Samaturu, Wolo, and Iwoimendaa in Kolaka district.

In Jambi province, floods caused by intense downpours have damaged 2,570 hectares of agricultural land and left two residents dead.

The flash floods have also triggered landslides in the districts of Kerinci, Bungo, Tebo, Batanghari, and Merangin, as well as Sungai Penuh city.

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Editor: Azis Kurmala
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