Floods inundated dozens of villages in East Java and Riau Islands following days of torrential rains over the weekend while landslides hit parts of Central Java and West Sumatra, blocking roads and disrupting traffic. Less than a week after the Bengawan Solo River had receded, it overflowed again on Saturday, inundating around 98 villages in Bojonegoro and Lamongan regencies.
As many as four villages in Jember, East Java were submerged by floodwater up to two meters. The flood also submerged thousands of hectares of paddy fields, paralyzing economy activity in the region. “We cannot harvest the paddy as all the fields are submerged,” said one of the residents.
Meanwhile, torrential rains in the Riau Islands over the past week inundated parts of Indra Giri Hulu, Pelalawan, Siak and Kampar regencies up to two meters. In Central Java, roads leading from Blora to Rembang in Blora regency were cut off after a landslide on Friday at around 8 PM. The Tempel River recently breached its banks following days of heavy rain, inundating much of the surrounding land. In Sumatra, the main road connecting Riau Islands and West Sumatra was cut off around 11:35 AM on Saturday following a landslide that hit Pangkalan district. A traffic jam extending several kilometers was reported in both directions.
West Sumatra’s road infrastructure agency chief Dody Ruswandi said the landslide is partially due to mining activity by local residents collecting rocks from the hills in the area. “The hills can no longer hold rainfall, especially after the recent incessant rain in the region,” Ruswandi added
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