Widespread flooding affects 60 000 people in West Java, Indonesia

Widespread flooding affects 60 000 people in West Java, Indonesia

Widespread flooding has affected nearly 60 000 residents of Bandung Regency in West Java Indonesia. Figures from the meteorological agency show that the city registered 76.8 mm (3 inches) of rain in a 24-hour period to Tuesday, May 25, 2021, which is nearly half the average May rainfall of 187 mm (7 inches).

Light to heavy rainfall from Monday, May 24, caused the Citarum River and its tributaries to burst their banks, flooding areas of Dayeuhkolot, Baleendah, Bojongsoang, and Margarahayu sub-districts of Bandung Regency.

Floodwaters reached up to 2.5 m (8 feet) deep, inundating thousands of homes.

According to the regional disaster management agency, as many as 8 812 houses, 18 schools, and 28 places of worship have been submerged.

Some of the areas affected by the recent flooding were previously hit by the same natural disaster in January and again in March this year.

On May 25, Bandung registered 76.8 mm (3 inches) of rain in 24 hours, which is almost half the average rain for this month of 187 mm (7 inches).

Initial assessments showed 59 819 people from 16 887 families have been affected, of which 5 761 households were in Dayeuhkolot, 8 624 in Baleendah, 2 482 in Bojongsoang, and 20 in Margarahayu. 

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