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Kalimantan region in state of emergency
Published on: Monday, November 22, 2021
By: Tempo Indonesia
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Flooding in Mentaya Hulu village, Central Kalimantan. (Antara)
KALIMANTAN: Kapuas Regency Administration in Central Kalimantan Province has declared a state of emergency due to flooding.

“We’ve previously set disaster alert status and yesterday afternoon, the status was increased to disaster emergency response,” said the head of Kapuas Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD), Panahatan Sinaga, at the weekend.

The status declaration was set as 21 villages in six regencies in Kapuas have been inundated by the floodwater with the average height of 40-172 cm. This is caused by the medium to high intensity rains.

The six regencies include Kapuas Hulu, Mandau Talawang, Pasak Talawang, Central Kapuas, Timpah and Mantangai.

The disaster has affected 3,013 families or 9,224 lives. In addition, 1,729 houses, 35 education facilities, 7 healthcare facilities, 33 houses of worships, 37 public facilities and 47 road accesses are submerged.

The flood has been inundating Kapuas since November 9. The high intensity rains have caused the Kapuas river to overflow, and flood several villages in the regions.

“We call on all the Kapuas residents [to remain alert], the La Nina situation that has caused the flood is still ongoing and that it is predicted to occur until early 2022,” Sinaga said.

Through the increased of the status to emergency, the regional government and the disaster mitigation agency are hoped to be able to handle the situation and pay attention to the affected residents. Such as through the procurement of health facilities, logistical good. 

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