Indonesia: over 7 thousand people affected by the new floods

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS)

More than 7,000 people in Indonesia have been affected by floods which continue in eastern Kalimantan province since yesterday.

According to the Jakarta Post newspaper, heavy rainfall has caused flooding in nine areas of the Samarinda region.

Hendra AH, head of the Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) in Samarinda, said 7,213 people were affected by the floods, adding that no deaths were currently reported.

He announced that the water had reached elevations of more than one meter at some points and added that humanitarian and evacuation activities are currently underway.

Otherwise, over 60 people lost their lives due to storms and floods caused by heavy rainfall in Jakarta, Depok, Bekasi and Tangerang and the Bogor and Lebak regions on New Year’s Eve.

Due to its position in the equatorial belt, Indonesia faces frequent floods and thunderstorms between October and April.

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