Indonesia: Flash floods a rising problem as govt confirms 3,267 new Covid-19 cases, total above 336,000


A woman in Mandalakasih village, Pameungpek district, Garut regency, West Java, cleans the mud in front of her house on Monday. Flash floods inundated six districts in Garut, displacing around 1,000 residents. - The Jakarta Post/Asian News Network

JAKARTA, Oct 12 (Jakarta Post/ANN): Indonesia now have two troubling issues.

As bad weather and lashes past Indonesia and also the South-East Asia region - Indonesia's Covid-19 cases also continue surging and it's total now is above 336,000 and nearing Philippines total of 342,816, the worst hit in the region.

On Monday, the Covid-19 cases in Indonesia rose by 3,267 within one day to 336,716, with the death toll adding by 91 to 11,935, the Health Ministry said on Monday.

According to the ministry, 3,492 more people were discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of recovered patients to 258,519.

The virus has spread to all the country's 34 provinces.

In the past 24 hours, Jakarta recorded 1,211 new cases, East Java 296, West Java 286, Central Java 239 and Riau 209.

No more new positive cases were found in five provinces, namely Bangka Belitung, West Kalimantan, East Nusa Tenggara, West Sulawesi and Papua.

At least 1,000 residents from six districts in Garut regency, West Java, have been displaced by flash floods and landslides due to torrential rainfall in the region since Sunday.

Garut Regent Rudy Gunawan said that residents from Pameungpeuk, Cikelet, Cibalong, Peundeuy, Singajaya and Banjarwangi districts had been forced to flee their homes.

He added that the regency administration had prepared public kitchens and shelters for residents.

“Pamengpeuk is the most heavily affected by the flash floods. I am going there to see the situation. The social agency has already sent 10 tons of rice,” he said, as reported by tribunnews.com.

According to local officials, the flood waters in Pamengpeuk reached up to 80 centimetres high.

Rudy said the flash floods, landslides and ground movements that occurred on Monday were caused in part by deforestation in Cikajang and Cisompet districts.

“The Garut regency administration will take legal action against (those responsible for) the deforestation, as it has caused disasters,” he said.

Meanwhile, Garut Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) spokesperson Tubagus Agus Sofyan said the flash flood in Garut was caused by the overflowing of four rivers, namely the Cipalebuh and Cikaso rivers in Pamengpeuk, the Cibera River in Cibalong and the Cipasarangan River in Cikelet. - The Jakarta Post/Asian News Network

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