Antara, Jakarta – Rainfall in the moderate to heavy intensity that had lashed many parts of Samarinda City, East Kalimantan since the early hours of today, October 18, resulted in floods at around 7 a.m. Central Indonesian Time (WITA).
"Since two hours ago, or around 8 a.m., we are stuck here," said a car driver Murdino who could not pass the road due to flood water in the junction of Mugirejo, Samarinda today.
Murdino was not the only car driver who got stuck on Jalan DI Panjaitan as there were dozens of cars lining up on the same road.
The flooding even paralyzed the Samarinda-Bontang route. In Bukit Alaya, there were also dozens of cars lining up because the vehicles in front of them were caught in the flood.
A number of residential houses and shops were also flooded, such as a fruit shop on Jalan DI Panjaitan with 40-centimeters high flood water. According to the shop owner, the flood began to enter his house at around 8 a.m.
In Gang Bugis, Mugirejo Village, flood water inundated residents' houses by up to 30 centimeters high.
Samarinda city areas that were submerged in flood water following heavy rains include Jalan Gerilya, Jalan Abdul Wahab Sjahranie, Jalan Pasundan, Jalan Kadrie Oening Street, Jalan Cendana, Jalan Cipto Mangunkusumo, Lempake area, Sempaja area, Jalan Damanhuri, the Great Garden area, Jalan Lambung Mangkurat, Jalan Ahmad Yani, Jalan Suryanata, and the Mount Lingai area.