Floods force thousands to flee homes in Papua’s Jayawijaya

Wamena, Papua Thousands of families in Jayawijaya district, Papua province have been shifted to higher ground due to floodwaters submerging their homes, the Jayawijaya District Natural Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) reported.

The agency is still calculating the material losses caused by the flooding, which followed incessant rains from late February to March 9, 2021, chief of the BPBD, Amsal Wamo, said on Tuesday.

“The districts affected by landslides are Wollo and Melagalome, while floodwaters have submerged the districts of Assolokobal, Walelagama, Libarek, Kurulu, Witawaya, Pisugi, Siepkosi, Hubikiak, Wesaput, Maima, Assotipo, Yalengga, Asologaima, Silokarno Doga, Muliama, Musatfak, Hubikosi, Usil Ombo, Bolakme, and Pyramid,” he said. According to preliminary data, floods have inundated 1,289 homes, 169 hectares of plantations, 6,064 semi-finished homes, and 145 fish ponds.

BPBD records show 63 pigs have been carried away by the water currents.

The incessant rains have also destroyed 17 wood bridges.

“The nearly one-month-long flood has caused plants to die. The local people had earlier predicted the flood would last two to three days,” he said.

Source: Antara News