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Flood in Indonesia on Sunday, 27 November, 2011

Torrential rains since Friday triggered widespread flooding and landslides in Kampar district in Riau, killing two people and rendering thousands homeless over the weekend. Officials said the heavy rains caused the Kampar River to overflow and flood entire villages in the district. Zurizal, the head of the Kampar Kiri Hulu subdistrict, said the flash flood claimed two lives in Gajah Batelut village when rising waters in the Sebayang River, an offshoot of the Kampar, swept away two members of the same family. “Residents found the body of one of the victims at around 9 a.m. on Sunday,” Zurizal said, identifying the victim as Budi, 23. The other person swept away was his 6-year-old niece, Naiada. Rescuers recovered her body later the same day. The flash flood also destroyed hundreds of homes in 11 villages in the area, one of the worst-affected being Subayang Jaya village, where the spike in water level caused a reservoir to burst. This also resulted in 4,000 meters worth of pipes, used for a clean water network, to burst. Elsewhere, the flooding destroyed at least five hectares of rubber plantations. Some residents fleeing their inundated homes sought refuge on higher ground, but most returned after the water began subsiding on Saturday, prompting concerns about more fatalities should another flash flood occur. Hamdi Hamid, a lecturer in social and environmental affairs at Riau University, urged the district administration to relocate villagers from the worst-hit areas for the time being.

“This is very important in light of the high potential for more flooding and landslides, which could lead to more loss of life,” he said. “The residents shouldn’t be allowed to go back to their flooded homes just yet because a flash flood could spring up at any moment. The biggest risk is if it occurs late at night or just before dawn, when people are least prepared for it.” Hamdi also called on the authorities to use the clean-up period as an opportunity to remap local zoning boundaries, pointing out there was no better time to identify which areas were at high risk from flooding and thus should be off-limits for human settlement. “Re-zoning the area will be an important step in the district administration’s long-term disaster management policy,” he said. The administration has come under fire for its late response to the disaster. Zurizal said that as of Saturday, the only aid supplies reaching the area were those supplied by political parties and companies. “We’ve had bottled water and instant noodles brought in by the PPP [United Development Party] and the PKS [Prosperous Justice Party], as well as other items from RAPP [Riau Andalan Pulp and Paper],” he said. Relief supplies from the administration began trickling in on Sunday.


Floods that hit Pondok Labu, South Jakarta, on Sunday, might by no means be over as the rainy season is expected to peak between January and March, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) says. Torrential rains hit the southern parts of Greater Jakarta on Monday, causing the Krukut River to overflow and inundate hundreds of houses in Pondok Labu, with flood waters up to two meters deep in some areas. More than 1,200 residents were evacuated. BNPB spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said Tuesday that more floods are anticipated in the area because Pondok Labu is not only affected by heavy rainfall and poor drainage, but also by the reduced capacity of the Krukut River. “Initially, the river was 6 meters wide but now is only 2 meters wide in some areas. Due to sedimentation, the narrowing of the river and the use of land along the riverbanks, the river’s flow capacity is only 30 percent of the anticipated flood rate. So floods are inevitable,” Sutopo said in a statement sent to The Jakarta Post. To resolve the issue, a Krukut River restoration program needs to be implemented as soon as possible in the hopes that the river’s capacity can be returned to normal, he said. “What is important is to make the river wider again to increase its capacity.”

Coordinating Public Welfare Minister Agung Laksono and Jakarta Governor Fauzi Bowo visited the inundated areas of Pondok Labu on Monday and vowed that the government would try its best to prevent further flooding. “The Governor and I did not only come here just to see the conditions, but to think about possible solutions,” Agung said. Agung acknowledged that the narrowing of the Krukut River was the main cause of the flooding. Thus, Agung said that the government should build a dam as soon as possible. Fauzi said that the Jakarta administration had prepared 9,000 square meters of land near the river for construction of the dam, but still needed another 1.6 hectares. Heavy downpours in Bogor caused water levels at the Katulampa sluice gate to exceed normal levels on Tuesday morning. An officer at the gate, Andi Sudirman, reported that the water levels had risen from 40 centimeters at 3:30 a.m. to 80 centimeters at 6:10 a.m. and 100 centimeters by 6:20 a.m. However, the level receded to 90 centimeters by 8 a.m. and 70 by 9 a.m., Andi said. As of 1 p.m. the water level was still at 50 centimeters, far lower from the alert-III level standard of between 80 and 150 centimeters. Andi advised residents living on the banks of Ciliwung River in Jakarta, however, to remain on alert as water from Bogor can reach Jakarta within 12 hours.


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