Three Days of Rain Flooded Three Districts in Jambi
ACTNews, JAMBI – High intensity of rain dominates not only Java Islands, but it is evenly occurring across Indonesia. From East to West such as Sumatera Island, for three days, high intensity of rain has been reported to be centered along the East Coast of Sumatera from Bangka Belitung until Jambi, where disastrous flooding reoccurred.
The landslide also occurred in Merangin district, affecting a market located in Pasar Bawah Bangko, Merangin on Monday night (27/2). Five shops were severely damaged along with the base of Batang Masumai bridge located not too far away from the market.
In other parts of Merangin, Lantak Seribu Village, Renah Pamenang sub-district was also affected by flooding on Tuesday (28/2). High water levels in the location have cut off access back and forth from Lantak Seribu village to Tambang Emas village in South Pamenang district, paralyzing residents activities.
While three districts were flooded by overflowing of rivers, a coastal flood occurred in West Tanjungjabung. Water from the ocean aroused to higher grounds submerging settlements in the area. Rain water made conditions worse, causing water levels to gradually increase.
In regards to the rain that has been happening for three days in Jambi, Dalmanto, Head of Disaster Preparation of BPBD Jambi revealed there are chances of areas unknown also affected by flooding, as quoted from Antara News Agency.
Indonesian Agency for Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics (BMKG) station in Jambi stated that the weather in Jambi and other parts around it will still be showered by rain with intensities reaching up to high and medium until early March. Adding to the bad news, rain is to be accompanied by thunder and high winds.
Writer: Shulhan Syamsur Rijal/ Rio Christa Yatim