Saturday, 7 December 2019

BNPB: Sentani Flash Floods Caused by Downpours, Forest Damage

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  • A general view shows the aftermath of a flood in Sentani, Papua province, Indonesia March 17, 2019. Edward Hehareuw/via REUTERS

    A general view shows the aftermath of a flood in Sentani, Papua province, Indonesia March 17, 2019. Edward Hehareuw/via REUTERS

    TEMPO.CO, JakartaThe National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) explained flash floods in Sentani, Jayapura were triggered by extreme downpours and forest damage.

    “The rainfall reached 248.5 millimeters and lasted for seven hours,” said BNPB spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho in Jakarta today, March 18.

    According to him, the figure was too extreme considering it was commonly reached within a month. “But this [rainfall] occurs for seven hours, starting at 17:00 to 24:00 local time,” Sutopo added. 

    ReadDramatic Aftermath of Flash Floods in Sentani, Papua Province

    Sutopo continued the flash floods were also attributable to deforestation and encroachment of a nature reserve, Cycloops mountains, by 43,030 people or 753 families since 2003. 

    “A total of 2,415 hectares of rain catchment area was used as residential and plantation areas,” he noted.

    Deforestation, Sutopo added, was conducted for land clearing and housing construction. “Nine sub-districts that are inundated by floods are of alluvial land and located adjacent to the slopes.”

    IRSYAN HASYIM (CONTRIBUTOR)