Over 7000 people in Samarinda (East Kalimantan province) have been impacted by flooding as of Wednesday, January 15. The floods were triggered by heavy rainfall that started on the morning (local time) of Tuesday, January 14, forcing residents to evacuate from three districts and six subdistricts. Some landslides were also reported in Samarinda on Tuesday. However, the Samarinda Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) has not reported any casualties as of Wednesday morning from the flooding or landslides. The highest water levels were recorded in East Bengkuring Sempaja district, where water reportedly reached as high as an adult’s waist. Emergency personnel have set up several posts to provide assistance for affected residents.
Further flooding, landslides, and transportation and business disruptions are possible, as well as disruptions to power and communication services over the coming days.
Individuals in the affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports, avoid areas directly affected by flooding, confirm road conditions and flight reservations before setting out, anticipate transportation and business disruptions, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities. Avoid walking or driving through floodwaters; 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult.