Indonesia – Thousands of People Affected by Floods in West Kalimantan

Heavy rains in parts of the island of Borneo have caused severe flooding and triggered deadly landslides in Indonesia’s Central and West Kalimantan provinces.

According to the regional disaster management agency (BPBD), areas of Sekadau District in West Kalimantan province have been flooded since October 23. Some areas are under water up to 2.5 meters deep.

According to the BPBD, as of Oct. 27, 2,541 homes in Sekadau Hilir and Belitang districts had been damaged, 8,430 people were affected, and 1,879 people had been displaced from their homes.

On October 25, the Kapuas River burst its banks in Sanggau Regency, West Kalimantan, due to heavy rain. About 1,000 homes were damaged and 4,112 people were affected in Meliau, Tayan Hilir, Jungkang, Mukok, and Kapuas districts.

Six people died in a landslide at a gold mining site in Kotawarin Timur District, Central Kalimantan Province, after heavy rain on October 28, 2021. Five people survived the incident.

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