Youth Forum for Disaster Preparedness said that about 10,000 residents of Bekasi were displaced by flooding from overflowing Bekasi river on Wednesday (16/01/2013) to Thursday (17/01/2013).

Residents were forced to evacuate because their homes were flooded up to 1.5 meters.

The Chairman of the Forum Tagana Bekasi, Engkus Kustara explained, as many as 6,000 residents of Margajaya Urban Village and 4,000 people of Sepanjang Jaya village were forced to flee their homes because of flood waters submerged.

Residents fled to the nearest posts and common kitchen provided. One of them is near Lotte Mart shopping center. Engkus said that the residents were evacuated by inflatable boats.

All the residents were provided with tents equipped with basic needs such as food, beverages, medicines and blankets.

Floods in this area are not only caused by the overflow of the Bekasi river, but also by many small rivers and other channels which are overflowing.

Based on the monitoring of the Regional Disaster Management Agency, there are 39 houses in nine districts flooded with water up to 1.5 meters high.

Flood areas included North Bekasi (two houses), Medan Satria (one housing), West Bekasi (five houses), South Bekasi (six houses), East Bekasi (four houses), Rawalumbu (five houses), Mustika Jaya (four houses), Jatiasih (ten housing), and Pondok Gede (two houses).

Floods caused by overflowing Citarum River and other rivers overflowed inundating ten districts which located in Bekasi.

Floods soak North Tambun, South Tambun, Cibitung, North Cikarang, East Cikarang, Kedung Waringin, Pebayuran, Cabangbungin, and Muara Gembong. It is estimated more than 500 hectares of rice fields scattered throughout the region flooded and threatened crop failure.

In addition, the floods also soak more than 1,500 homes in Bekasi based on data collected by BPBD Bekasi Regency.