Floods submerge 33 villages in Karawang, West Java


Karawang, West Java Floods have inundated 33 villages in Karawang District, West Java, in the course of the last few days and spread to wider areas.

Incessant heavy rains triggered several rivers to overflow their banks, thereby caused flooding in 15 sub-districts, according to data from the Karawang Disaster Mitigation Office (BPBD) here on Sunday.

The Citarum, Cibeet, Cikaranggelam, Cikareteg, and Cilamaya rivers overflowed.

The floods affected 14,754 families comprising 52,527 people. Of the total, 3,393 households comprising 19,092 people were displaced, according to the disaster mitigation office.

Acting District Head of Karawang Acep Jamhuri stated that the floodwaters had spread to inundate 33 villages in 15 sub-districts.

The flood-affected sub-districts and villages comprised six villages in Rengasdengklok; five villages in West Karawang; four villages in Cilamaya Wetan; three villages in Telukjambe Barat; two villages each in East Telukjambe, Banyusari, Cikampek, and Pakisjaya; and one village each in Ciampel, Pangkalan, Tirtamulya, Jatisari, East Karawang, Rawamerta, and Batujaya.

Last Saturday, above-normal rain precipitation, induced by La Nina phenomenon, also triggered major floods in parts of Jakarta and Bekasi City.

The flooding in Jakarta claimed five lives: a 67-year-old man, who died after his locked home got submerged in floodwaters; three boys that got swept away by strong currents of the floodwaters; and a girl, who drowned in the floodwaters.

The floods in Jakarta left some 1,700 people displaced.




Source: Antara News


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