Jayapura Evacuates Residents Affected by Three-meter-high Floodwaters

Jayapura Evacuates Residents Affected by Three-meter-high Floodwaters Part of Jayapura City, Papua Province, which is affected by floods on January 7, 2022. (ANTARA/Private documentation/uyu)

Source: ANTARA
Date: January 7, 2022

Jayapura (ANTARA) - The Jayapura City Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) deployed three rubber boats and a multi-purpose truck to evacuate residents impacted by three-meter-high floodwaters swamping the Youtefa Market Area, Jayapura City, Papua Province.

Deputy Mayor of Jayapura Rustan Saru stated here on Friday that the disaster had compelled some 200 residents in the area to seek shelter. Some of them took refuge at the Maranatha Church.

Furthermore, Manager of the Disaster Mitigation Operations Control Center of the Papua Provincial BPBD Jonathan Koirewoa reported that the disaster also hit several public facilities in the city, including the residents' settlements, Marthen Indey Hospital, and Jayapura Dok II Papua Governor's Office complex.

"Meanwhile, floodwaters of about 1.5 to two meters in height inundated those areas," he stated.

Koirewoa remarked that the floods arising due to heavy rains since Thursday, had compelled 160 families, including 80 children and eight toddlers, to evacuate in Gurabesi Village, North Jayapura Sub-district.

"South Jayapura, Heram, Abepura, and Muara Tami sub-districts are also struck by the floods," he noted.

Currently, his side is still recording the impact of flooding in the regions.

"We still need supporting logistics, equipment, and personnel," he stated.

Furthermore, he noted that the Jayapura City BPBD had received a report of landslides in North Jayapura Sub-district in which six people suffered injuries while seven lost their lives.

Meanwhile, Deputy Head of the Jayapura Resort Police Adjunct Senior Commissioner Suprapto noted that the landslides killed three people in Nirwana area, two in the Bhayangkara Village, and one each in the Apo Bengkel and Klofkam areas.

The bodies were taken to several hospitals in the city, including Bhayangkara Hospital, he stated.

The disaster was also reported to have caused power outages. 

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