A series of flash floods that hit Bima municipality and Bima regency, both in West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) have displaced over 100,000 local residents and have paralyzed economic activity in the region, the local authorities said. NTB Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said the flash floods, which swept through the region on Wednesday and Friday following hours of heavy rainfall, had inundated 33 sub-districts, home to a total of 105,000 people.

Arifin M. Hadi, Head of Disaster Management Division of the Indonesian Red Cross added that as many as 250 hygiene kits, 250 tarpaulins, 250 blankets and one rubber boat and additional assistance were sent to the Bima to be given to affected residents of Bima. “Until now, Indonesian Red Cross is still in the service of the distribution of aid, cleaning up public facilities, providing service kitchen and has distributed 50,000 liters of clean water,” he explained.

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