Palembang, S Sumatra (ANTARA) - The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) reported on Thursday that it has disbursed operational funds worth Rp1.85 billion and equipment for handling floods inundating several parts of South Sumatra Province.

The operational funds and equipment were distributed to regional disaster mitigation agencies (BPBD) at the provincial and district levels, BNPB Deputy for Logistics and Equipment Lilik Kurniawan stated.

The recipients were the BPBD-South Sumatra Office and BPBDs in 10 disaster-affected regions, while the amount of operational funds disbursed to them ranged from Rp150 million to Rp250 million, he remarked.

The amount of disbursed funds was given by considering each of the regions' disaster severity level, he stated, adding that the floods that hit South Sumatra over the past two weeks had displaced 19,890 households.

The catastrophe, caused by the recent intense heavy rainfall, also resulted in 35,321 houses being flooded; 13 bridges being damaged and collapsed; 289 houses incurring moderate to serious damage; and two others being swept away.

The flooding also submerged a 126.65-kilometer-long road; 8,703 hectares of palm and rubber plantations, and 1,179 hectares of rice fields, he stated, adding that the floods also inundated 211 public facilities.

Apart from providing operational funds and equipment, he said the BNPB also delivered relief aids, such as 5,500 ready-to-eat food, 5,500 blankets, 11 refugee tents, and 2,750 staple food packs.

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Meanwhile, acting head of the BPBD-South Sumatra Office, M. Iqbal Alisyahbana, stated that the floodwaters had begun receding in Muara Enim District. Their height was estimated between 25 and 30 centimeters.

The water level in the areas of Muratara, Muba, and Prabumulih districts remained at a height of one meter, he added.

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

In Banten, whose regions share a land border with Sukabumi District, the provincial government has urged 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.

In Southeast Sulawesi, floods, triggered by heavy rainfall, 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 damaged 2,570 hectares of agricultural land and left two residents dead.

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

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Translator: Ahmad RB, Rahmad Nasution
Editor: Yuni Arisandy Sinaga
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