Rob Flood in Pekalongan City Recedes, Hundreds of Residents Still Refuge

58966-banjir-rob Aerial photo of the tidal flood at Tirto Gang 12, Pekalongan, Central Java, Wednesday (25/5/2022). Photo by: ANTARA/Harviyan Perdana Putra

Date: May 27, 2022 

DETIK - Pekalongan City - Tidal flooding in Pekalongan City is currently starting to recede, Thursday (26/52022). The water level in residential areas is now around 10-50 centimeters. You could say that today's tidal flood has receded by almost half when compared to last Wednesday (25/5), with a water level of around 80-90 centimeters.

According to detikJateng's observation, the tidal flood in Pekalongan City has gradually receded since Wednesday (25/5) night. However, some residential areas are still inundated.

Since morning, the joint team officers have been working together to repair the broken embankment. The broken embankment, which originally reached tens of meters, is now only a dozen meters away. The joint team covered the broken embankment with a pile of sandbags. The weather at the location of the broken embankment was quite cloudy and it was drizzling at 10.15 WIB.

"There is a relative decline during hours outside of the tide schedule (afternoon and evening), and it will rise again at high tide. Hopefully today it doesn't rise again," said Head of Disaster Prevention and Preparedness for BPBD Pekalongan City Dimas Arga Yudha, Thursday (26 /5).

According to BPBD Pekalongan City's records, the subsidence of flood waters that submerged settlements and roads were evenly monitored. In Degayu Village, North Pekalongan District, the water level is 30-50 centimeters, Wetan Length 30-50 centimeters, Klego-Krapyak 10-15 centimeters, and in Panjang Baru 20-40 centimeters.

In Tirto Village, West Pekalongan District, the water level is about 40-50 centimeters. Meanwhile in PasirKraton Kramat (PKK) Village, the current water level is around 10 cm -30 cm.

As of Thursday morning, as reported by BPBD data from Pekalongan City, there are still 364 residents who have taken refuge in six evacuation points. The details are 53 people in the Degayu Village hall, 126 people in the Tirto Village hall, 65 people at the Khusnul Khulk Tirto Mosque, 50 people at the Al Karomah Mosque, 38 people at the PMI headquarters in Pekalongan City, and 32 people at the At-taubah TPQ.

"From our data last night, the number of tidal flood refugees increased from 350 to 364," said Dimas. He added that the construction of the emergency embankment was targeted to be completed today.

"Emergency handling by closing the damaged embankment with sandbags and raising the embankment that has run off the river to minimize the impact and area of the disaster," Dimas added.
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