Indonesia: Flood emergency status declared in Manokwari district

Antara 25 Apr 16;

Manokwari, W Papua (ANTARA News) - The Manokwari disaster mitigation office (BPBD) has declared a flood emergency status for the district following flash floods that hit several regions.

Incessant heavy rains since the past week have caused several rivers to overflow, BPBD Manokwari Head Raymond Yap noted here, Monday.

Since mid-April, Manokwari has received very high rainfall and is forecast to continue for the next several days.

The office is currently optimizing its mitigation efforts to help the flood victims.

Wosi River has overflown its banks since last week and has inundated several regions, particularly in the Transito, Tanimbar and Bugis kampongs in Wosi Village.

The floodwaters reached a height of up to a meter in certain areas.

The deluge damaged several public facilities and houses.

Floodwaters, reaching a height of up to 1.5 meters, have also hit the transmigration areas in Prafi, Masni and Sidey Sub-districts, destroying several houses, bridges, and roads.

Manokwari District Head Demas Paulus and his deptuy, Edi Budoyo, visited the flood victims and distributed relief aid.(*)

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