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Floods inundate Pati and Semarang

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By Suherdjoko

Floods inundated several areas in Pati and Semarang, Central Java, on Wednesday.

Residents in Mintobasuki village, Pati, who have refused to leave their homes, have had to travel around by boat for the past two weeks, including to get to polling stations as they cast their ballots for a new regent.

The road that links Sukolilo to Gabus was also inundated causing a truck to veer off the road into nearby rice fields.

“This area is prone to floods so every house has a boat,” said Munawaroh, a resident of Mintobasuki.

Another resident, Kartono, said he went to the polling station by boat as the area around the polling station was also flooded.

Flooding also hit Tembalang in Semarang and Banyumeneng in Demak. No casualties have been reported in the flooding. (wit)