Jember, Floods triggered by unremitting torrential rains have hit 13 villages in seven sub-districts in Jember District, East Java Province, on Friday.
The Bedadung River overflowed its banks and submerged at least 436 houses, a boarding school, and two places of worship facilities, Heru Widagdo, a spokesman of the Jember Disaster Mitigation Office (BPBD), stated here on Saturday morning.
One home was swept away by the flooding. The seven flood-affected sub-districts were Jelbuk, Patrang, Sumbersari, Kaliwates, Kalisat, Pakusari, and Rambipuji. Jelbuk and Kalisat were among the villages impacted by the flooding.
Several flood-affected victims were compelled to evacuate to a local elementary school building, as their homes were swamped with waters reaching up to a meter in height.
The Jember authorities handed out relief aid and built a public kitchen to help the displaced people.
The flooding also damaged several facilities in the State-run Islamic University (IAIN) of Jember.
Source: Antara News