HI NEWS, PAPUA – Rain with high intensity on Saturday (16/3) at 18.00 East Indonesia Time (WIT) in Sentani district, Jayapura, Papua caused flash flood on Sunday, March 17, 2019. According to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), another possible cause of the flash flood is landslide in the upper course, so that the landslide material blocked water flow.
“Flash flood which often happens in Indonesia usually begins with landslide in the upper course, then it blocks river and causes natural dam,” head of BNPB Data Center, Information and Public Relations, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, said in a press release on Sunday (17/3).
Sutopo added that because of the increasing water volume, the natural dam collapsed and hit the bottom part by bringing other materials such as woods, trees, stones, mud and so on. The materials were swept away along with a big water flow.
Human Initiative took initiative to take disaster emergency response by sending personnel to Sentani on Sunday, March 17, 2019. Eson Jumarsono as the GM of Disaster Risk Management (DRM) of Human Initiative said rescue team would leave on Sunday (17/03).
“Insya Allah (God willing), the rescue team will leave for Papua tonight for the disaster emergency response initiative by coordinating with the Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) and the local government, evacuating, reviewing and distributing aid to the victims,” Human Initiative Disaster Risk Management (DRM) GM, Eson Jumarsono revealed.
Meanwhile, data from BNPB on Sunday (17/3) at 10.15 WIT showed that the number of dead victims reached 50 and 59 others were injured. There is also material loss such as damaged infrastructure. Human Initiative calls on all people to help the survivors by sending humanitarian donation through the website solusipeduli.org . The urgent needs at the moment are clean water, food item and medical aid.
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photo : Relawan Squad PB Indonesia