Embankment burst displaces over 400 residents of Kulon Progo

Embankment burst displaces over 400 residents of Kulon Progo

KULON PROGO, March 18 (FENA/ANTARA) – A flood embankment collapsed in Bendungan Village, Wates Sub-district, Kulon Progo District, Yogyakarta Special Province, forcing at least 402 local residents to take refuge at the Cangkring sport stadium in Kulon Progo.

The evacuees comprised 102 men, 176 women, 21 children, and 102 senior citizens, Hery Meyanto, coordinator of the Cangkring stadium evacuation operation, noted here, Monday.

“The number of evacuees most likely will increase, as there are 40 other displaced people in Panjatan Sub-district,” he revealed.

The local authorities have distributed relief aid comprising food, medicines, and sarongs, among other things, to the flood victims.

Incessant heavy rains, on Saturday and Sunday (March 16 and March 17, 2019), triggered flooding and caused an embankment in Bendungan Village to collapse, leading to widespread floods that affected the four sub-districts of Pengasih, Wates, Panjatan, and Temon in Kulon Progo.

Wates was the worst hit by flooding since the embankment was located in the sub-district.

Indonesia is currently transitioning from rainy to the dry season that usually begins in April or May.

However, high precipitation still occurred in several regions and triggered flooding in the provinces of Central Java, Yogyakarta, Papua, West Java, East Java, Lampung, East Nusa Tenggara, and South Sumatra, among others.

At least 50 people were killed in flooding and landslides that hit Jayapura District, Papua, on Saturday (March 16, 2019).