Floods inundate 1,000 houses in Depok
Yuli Tri Suwarni
Floods have inundated at least 1,000 houses in 12 areas of Depok, West Java, after the Ciliwung River and its two branches, the Laya and Jantung Rivers, overflowed their banks.
Depok Public Works Agency official Enco Kuryasa said Thursday that water levels in those areas, which are now under between 50 centimeters and 150 centimeters of water, continued to rise.
The worst-affected areas are the districts of Cimanggis, Cisalak and Sukmajaya, as well as the Kemirimuka subdistrict located near the Ciliwung River.
Most residents affected by flooding preferred to stay at home despite the situation.
Tugu subdistrict head Suryana Yusuf said a rescue team had evacuated 11 families whose houses at the Taman Duta housing complex in Cisalak district were under 150 centimeters of water.
Dozens of Depok Disaster Response Agency officers were deployed to remove garbage hindering the flow of the Jantung River.
Amid floods in Depok, around 400 personnel from the Depok Police’s Mobile Brigade (Brimob) were deployed on Thursday to help evacuate flood victims in Jakarta.
Depok Brimob spokesman Adj. Sr. Comr. K. Budiman said that his officers would coordinate with national search and rescue teams to evacuate victims.
The personnel are equipped with 24 rubber boats, 10 trucks and 150 life-preservers. (cor)