Our ‘Dry Season’ Rains Bring Floods Again

LEGIAN

Bali’s continuing unseasonable rains soaked parts of the island again this week after a heavy downpour overnight last Thursday and Friday that brought serious flooding to Kuta, Legian, Seminyak, Sanur and parts of Denpasar.

Two schools were buried by mud and roads in some areas were under a metre of water. At Sanur three cows were swept away and drowned by a flash flood.

The forecast is for showery weather with possible heavy rain at times to continue next week. The meteorological service had earlier said the late-starting, long-running rainy season would end in July.

In last week’s deluge, more than 100 people living on Jl Dewi Sri in Kuta had to leave their homes and businesses because of flooding. One local resident,
Yanto, said severe flooding now occurred in the area at least four times a year.

“This time we were inundated by a metre of water but if the rains are heavier water can reach head height,” he said.

Other areas badly affected by Thursday’s rain were Jl Kunti, the police barracks on the Ngurah Rai Bypass.

Flooding in the Sidakarya area of Sanur swept through that area at 1am last Friday, waking locals who fled to higher ground. Flooding also hit houses on Jl Pura Demak at Padang Sambian, West Denpasar.

Two elementary schools on the banks of the Muding River in Denpasar were partly buried by mud left by the floods.

The ongoing rains and stormy weather have put coffee crops in Tabanan at risk, kept ferries in port at times and brought heavy seas to the Bali Strait coast that in recent weeks have led to at least three deaths, one of them an Indonesian tourist at Kuta Beach.

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