BNPB: Kalimantan is surrounded by floods for 5-11 September 2022


Various areas which have been flooded and have now been declared receded.

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA – The National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) reported that a wide range of areas in Kalimantan have been surrounded by floods for each week from 5-11 September 2022. Various areas which have been flooded and now have receded.

Acting Head of the BNPB Disaster Data, Information and Communication Center Abdul Muhari outlined that the areas are Murung Raya Regency, Central Kalimantan; Bontang City, East Kalimantan; Balangan Regency, South Kalimantan; Hulu Sungai Tengah Regency, South Kalimantan; South Barito Regency, Central Kalimantan; and West Kotawaringin Regency, Central Kalimantan. Abdul moreover talked about that there have been further flooding in Sintang District, West Kalimantan and Katingan, Central Kalimantan.

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He talked about that Kalimantan is a swamp area which means that if the water diploma is higher than the everyday land diploma after which turns into inundated, it will take time for it to recede. It will probably be talked about that the slope of the river tends to be flat.

“Well, if the rainfall is high upstream, then for example at high tide the water does not flow, the water is high, so it does not flow like what if there is a current flowing from upstream to downstream. So this is more water that is still in that condition, unless for example the environmental conditions along the watershed have the ability to absorb water optimally, of course the conditions must be good,” talked about Abdul in a web-based Disaster Briefing in Jakarta, Monday (12/9). /2022).

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He outlined that the week-long flood caused 3,088 people in South Kalimantan and three,328 people in East Kalimantan to flee. While judging from the spatial distribution, Abdul talked about a wide range of areas which is perhaps usually affected by floods in Kalimantan are South Barito, Central Kalimantan; Murung Raya, Central Kalimantan; North Kayong, West Kalimantan; Hulu Sungai Tengah, South Kalimantan, Bontang City, East Kalimantan; Balangan, South Kalimantan.

These areas, he talked about, are low-lying areas which is perhaps practically all susceptible to flooding. So that the ecosystem and environmental conditions need to be restored. “We remember that the president, Mr. President Jokowi in West Kalimantan, said that if we want to overcome floods in Kalimantan, we must restore the ecosystem. We have to pay in installments, we do it now, maybe the effect will not be felt in 3-5 years, but in the next 20 years, the period will be longer,” talked about Abdul.

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