The rainy season in Bali is still going strong. Persistent heavy rains over the last few days have caused damage to communities across the island. In the busy resort areas of Legian and Seminyak, stagnant water and localized flooding are causing disruptions to road users. Huge material losses have been experienced across Badung Regency, where Bali’s popular resort areas are located. In Buleleng Regency, extreme weather has caused damage to homes, village halls, and sacred trees.
In Legian Village, residents have complained about the smell of stagnant water in the area. Following an investigation, it was revealed that the localized flooding was caused by damage to a gutter belonging to a nearby hotel. The issue was not helped by hours and hours of heavy rain starting on Saturday night. Legian’s Lurah Ni Putu Eka Martini told reporters that the localized flooding on Jalan Lebak Bene started on Sunday afternoon. Martini said, “We have already responded to the report (yesterday). We have sent a team to check directly.”
The hotel in question has assured the community that the issue will not happen again. Martini said, “After conducting a search, it turned out that it was not waste water, but clean water that was leaking through the damaged gutters. Incidentally, it was the day the gutters were being repaired, so it spilled onto the road.”
Martini continued, “We have appealed directly to the hotel so that similar incidents do not happen again. At this time, the conditions are safe, and the puddles are no longer there.” Although it was confirmed that the water was not waste water, the foul odor caused by the stagnant water is still a cause for concern. Heavy rainfall has caused localized flooding and damage to community property throughout Badung Regency in the last few days.
The Head of Badung BPBD, I Wayan Darma, told reporters that the disasters in Bali’s most popular tourism regency ranged from fallen trees to broken roads and collapsed houses. Speaking to reporters, Darma said, “For South Kuta, there were four incidents and one incident in Kuta. In the Abiansemal and Petang areas, there was one incident each”.
He continued, “In South Kuta, three incidents occurred in the Ungasan area and one in Benoa. Then in the Kuta area, namely in the Seminyak area. Meanwhile, in Petang, to be precise in the Carangsari area, and in the Abiansemal area, to be precise, it happened in the Darmasaba area.”
He confirmed that although there has been extensive material damage, estimated at IDR 100 million, there have been no casualties or fatalities.
Darma has appealed to the public to remain vigilant as weather forecasts show more rain and bad conditions at sea in the coming days. High waves are predicted in the waters surrounding Bali, and tourists are urged to consider their timing when it comes to taking part in tourist activities that involve going out to sea.
Darma has also called on local communities to assess conditions in residential areas. He said, “It is necessary to pay attention to the condition of trees, electric poles, and others when doing activities outside the home. This is to anticipate unwanted things.”
The Head of the DPBD said that disasters must be reported to the agency as soon as possible so that support can be sent out quickly. Up in Buleleng Regency, communities are working to deal with the material losses caused by storms in the last few days. Several homes and gardens in Kayuputih Village have been damaged, as well as shrines and the entrance to the village hall.
The bulk of the damage was caused by a falling Banyan tree that was unable to withstand the extreme wind. Locals have estimated material losses of around ID 20 million and are working to ensure that the debris is cleared and the village is prepared for more incoming bad weather.
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