Jakarta (ANTARA) - Indonesia's National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) disclosed on Sunday that it ensured sufficient relief aid logistics for handling floods inundating many areas of South Sumatra Province.

Despite the sufficient relief aid logistics, BNPB Deputy for Logistics and Equipment Lilik Kurniawan highlighted the importance of a pentahelix collaboration for South Sumatra's flood mitigation.

"The disaster mitigation efforts are a collective duty. The endeavors cannot only be made by the BNPB but also by other stakeholders, including regional governments, business people, and volunteers," he said.

According to the BNPB's press statement that ANTARA received here Sunday, Kurniawan had checked the relief goods stored at the South Sumatra Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) warehouse on January 21, 2024.

"The relief goods would be distributed to help the flood victims," he said.

ANTARA reported earlier that the BNPB has disbursed operational funds worth Rp1.85 billion and equipment for handling the floods that have hit South Sumatra over past two weeks, and displaced 19,890 households.

The operational funds and equipment were distributed to regional disaster mitigation agencies (BPBD) at the provincial and district levels.

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.

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, 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.
The BPBD-South Sumatra Office noted that the flood waters had begun receding in Muara Enim District. Their height was estimated between 25 and 30 centimeters while the water level in the areas of Muratara, Muba, and Prabumulih districts remained at a height of one meter.

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