- Title: INDONESIA: Floods in West Java displace thousands of people
- Date: 22nd February 2010
- Summary: WOODEN BOATS TRANSPORTING IN FLOODED STREET ROAD BLOCKED BY FLOODS RESIDENTS
- Embargoed: 9th March 2010 12:00
- Location: Indonesia
- Country: Indonesia
- Topics: Disasters / Accidents / Natural catastrophes,Weather
- Reuters ID: LVA9ZYTV6Y7P9E18ZY38WKVZUWQD
- Story Text: Heavy downpours submerge parts of West Java province, forcing thousands to flee their homes.
Heavy rains have affected thousands of residents in South Bandung district, West Java, forcing some to seek refuge in temporary shelters on Sunday (February 21).
Floods from a river swollen by torrential rains submerged thousands of houses in Indonesia's West Java region. Flood waters of between 50 centimetres (19 inches) and 1.5 metres (59 inches) inundated houses in the Baleendah and Dayeuhkolot areas.
Several areas in South Bandung district are also inundated leaving roads paralysed.
Citarum river overflowed last month and flooded homes in several villages near West Java's capital of Bandung, 130 km (80 miles) east of Jakarta.
Some of the residents have stayed in shelter for more than three weeks.
"There is nothing I can do, I came here without taking anything from my house. All of our belongings submerged in our house," said a Dayeuhkolot resident Agus, who has been living in a tent for four weeks with his family.
Residents said unhealthy condition in shelter affected their children.
"It is difficult to get clean water here, my baby is also sick," said Elis, a refugee in a Sports hall in Bale Endah.
To many, however, the floods have become a yearly unwanted visitor to their neighborhood.
Landslides and floods are frequent in Indonesia, where tropical downpours can quickly soaks hillsides and years of deforestation often mean there is little vegetation to hold the soil.
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