A man and a child carry empty water jugs through the flood in Karangligar village in Karawang, West Java, on Feb 10, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
West Java Floods Force Thousands to Leave Home
BY :YUDHA BASKORO
FEBRUARY 10, 2021
Jakarta. Floods following heavy rains that started on Sunday have inundated several areas in West Java on Wednesday, forcing thousands of people to leave their homes and rice fields.
The Citarum and Cibeet River's overflow submerged at least 4,545 houses across 12 sub-districts in the Karawang district, the second-largest rice producer in the province after Indramayu. The flood submerged at least 410 hectares of rice fields, according to reports from the Karawang Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD).
The flood also forced farmers to harvest their rice ahead of time to minimize their losses.
Meanwhile, rescue teams had to evacuate local residents in the Pamanukan subdistrict in Subang to a temporary shelter under a large flyover, a critical link in Java's northern coastal highway (Pantura). The flood also caused congestion along the road leading to the flyover. The flood victims were in dire need of clean water, clean clothes, and food.
Subang BPBD said the floods affected 75 villages across 11 sub-districts in the district, displacing at least 32,000 people.