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Bojonegoro, East Java (ANTARA News) – Flooding which inundated western parts of Bojonegoro District, East Java Province, since Saturday, started to subside by around 10 to 20 centimeters on Monday.
Akhmad Fanani, a local resident, was hopeful that the inundation would significantly lessen in a few hours to come.
However, The town`s eastern parts including Kapas, Mbalen, Sumberejo, Kanor, and Mbaureno subdistricts continued to be flooded.
Residents of Kanor subdistrict, have been trapped in their houses for the last three days without receiving any relief aid such as food and drinking water, Kanor Police Head Adjunct Commissioner Sareng said here on Monday.
Floodwaters reaching a height of between one and two meters have inundated houses, government offices and police offices, he said.
A total of 117 villages in 14 subdistricts in Bojonegoro District have been flooded following the overflowing of Bengawan Solo River.
The railway line between Bojonegoro and Cepu, Central Java, was cut off as it was submerged by floodwaters reaching a height of 50 centimeters.
East Java Governor Imam Utomo visited Bojonegoro to meet flood victims on Monday.
Bojonegoro city lies about 13 m above sea level while the water level in Bengawan Solo stood at 16.08 m last Saturday.
The US National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration (NOAA)`s National Weather Service (NWS) recently reported that Indonesia would continue to experience above-average precipitation under the impact of La Nina in the period December 2007 – February 2008.
Other Indonesian provinces affected by floods recently include Gorontalo, Jambi, Central Java, West Java and West Sumatra. Around 89 people lost their lives in rain-triggered landslides in East and Central Java lately. (*)
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