"Most houses were severely damaged due to their location on the banks of the Ciberang River," head of the Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) of Lebak, Kaprawi, stated on Friday, January 3, 2019.
In addition to the severely damaged houses, the flash flood caused slight damage to 428 houses and submerged 1,226 houses.
In the past three days, the flood-affected locals have been staying in refugee camps. They could not return back home owing to the heavy damage caused to them, while some were razed to the ground. Hence, they prefer living in refugee camps. Moreover, flash floods swept away property and household furniture, clothing, and also food.
"We continue to prioritize the distribution of food aid, beverage, clothing, blankets, and others in order to reduce the risk of disaster so as to not lead to food insecurity," Kaprawi noted.
Flash floods hit villages in the areas of Lebak Gedong, Cipanas, Curug Bitung, Maja, Sajira, and Cimarga.
"We established public kitchens in all refugee camps and also conducted data collection," Kaprawi noted. (Antara)