TEMPO.CO, Serang - All areas of Banten Province, consisting of 8 regencies/cities and 155 sub-districts, are susceptible to flooding. The Banten Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) said the causes include land conversion and forest logging in upstream.
“Our data is based on the disaster risk data from 2015-2020 issued by BNPB (National Disaster Mitigation Agency), and the map has not yet changed,” said Banten BPBD Head Nana Suryana on Wednesday, September 15.
Besides flooding, landslides potentially occur in Lebak, Pandeglang, Serang Regency, and Cilegon City.
According to Nana, the current flooding in Rangkasbitung, Lebak Regency, was attributable to poor drainage systems following rampant land conversion into residential areas. “This is an urban area, there are already many residential areas. [The floods] are caused by poor drainage.”
Flash floods in Cimanuk subdistrict, Pandeglang Regency, were allegedly due to deforestation in the river upstream. “Flooding in Lebak usually recedes quickly, unlike in Tangerang that can take a week,” Nana said.
According to him, the most fundamental thing now is a coordinated and organized system, so that if another flood hits in the future, the government will be ready to mitigate it. “We're still working on countermeasures.”
All personnel had been deployed in flooded areas. “We will later list which facilities were damaged,” he added.
Nana further appealed to all residents in flood and landslide-prone areas to stay vigilant during the rainy season. Heavy rainfall for a long time, he asserted, increases the potential for flooding and landslides.
WASIUL ULUM (CONTRIBUTOR)