Nanga Bulik: No less than 2,814 people or 1,402 families, in 33 villages in seven areas in Lamandau Regency, Central Kalimantan Province, were left in the lurch after being struck by floods.
Hendra Lesmana, the Lamandau Regent, here, Sunday, claimed that this spate of flooding was the worst of its kind to have ever hit the regency.
The local authorities have evacuated flood victims to safer places. The flooding also severed land transportation in the wake of several roads being swamped by floodwaters.
Imam Rosyidin and Arief Sulistiyarto, two agricultural extension agents, were trapped for four days in Bayat Village, Belutut Raya area on account of the flooding.
"For about four days, my husband, who served at the Bayat Village Agricultural Extension Center (BPP), was trapped in the flooding. They were in the midst of floodwaters and could not return to Nanga Bulik," Lani Rosa Ria Indah, the wife of Imam Rosyidin, head of the Bayat Agricultural Extension Center (BPP), stated in Nanga Bulik on Sunday.
The two officers did not have sufficient logistics and could not swim, she pointed out.
The duo attempted to navigate the floodwaters by using a raft made of banana trunks but failed to make it, as the floods had impacted vast areas. Their motorcycle also broke down due to the floodwaters.
Indah spoke of being unaware of her husband’s whereabouts owing to communication through cell phone lines being cut off in the wake of network limitations.
Indah’s home in Nanga Bulik too was submerged in floodwaters.
Floods have also inundated several villages in the provinces of South Kalimantan, East Kalimantan, and West Kalimantan. (antara)