"Entering the third day of the flood, supply food, especially ready-to-eat food is a priority that is needed by residents at this time. So, this is what is distributed," said Head of Banjarmasin Basarnas Slamet Riyadi in Banjarmasin.
He said people who chose to remain at home are those who live in two-story houses, so they can still stay on the upper floor. Even so, officers still appealed to them to take refuge in a safer place.
"We as rescue workers are on standby to monitor the situation to provide rescue and evacuation," he said.
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The current level of water is between 1 to 1.5 meters. Several villages along the Satui River were the worst affected by the floods, thus most people took refuge.
According to Slamet Riyadi, two refuge places were established, namely the state junior high school SMPN 4 Satui in Sinar Bulan Village, and the Majelis Talim building in Sungai Danau Village. While the Satui Koramil (sub-district military Command) is the command post and provides a public kitchen.
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Previously, floods hit five villages in Satui since Thursday (May 13, 2021) after torrential rains since Wednesday triggered the Satui River to overflow.
Based on data from the Tanah Bumbu Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD), five villages were affected by the floods, namely Sejahtera Mulia with 290 families or 580 residents, Jombang 162 families or 515 people, Sinar Bulan 1,104 families or 4,413 people, Sungai Danau 1,745 families or 5,670 residents, and Satui Barat 120 families or 380 people. A total was 11,558 people or 3,421 families were victims of the floods.