Samarinda flood victims turn to social media for help

first_imgA top official at BPBD Samarinda, Irfan, vowed to follow up on the reports.Read also: Floods, landslides hit regions as rainy season prolonged”We’ll check up on them up later. We have many volunteers to help with the evacuation process,” he said on Monday as quoted by kompas.com.Heavy rain that hit Samarinda over the weekend left numerous areas of East Kalimantan’s capital flooded. Nearly 32,000 people spread across four districts in the city were affected by the disaster. Some 600 of them have been evacuated so far. Authorities revealed that 16 out of 21 nursing homes in the city were inundated. At least 60 senior citizens had to be evacuated to other nursing homes in the form of rumah panggung (stilt houses). “If the water keeps rising, we will evacuate all of the elderly residents to a nursing home on Jl. DI Pandjaitan, where we have enough room,” East Kalimantan Social Agency head Agus Hari Kesuma said separately in a statement. (vny)Topics : A number of flood-affected residents in Samarinda, East Kalimantan, decided to ask for help on social media when no rescue team had reached their respective areas four days into the calamity.The Facebook account of Sultan Daeng Siila, for example, asked Samarinda Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD Samarinda) personnel to rescue his family from a 120-centimeter-deep flood that trapped them on Jl. Pemuda in the city. The family included an infant, Sultan added.Another Facebook account belonging to a resident named Yulis said several infants and elderly people were trapped on Jl. S. Parman and they were in dire need of food and medical supplies.last_img read more

BLOG: Watch a Budget Speech Preview from Governor Wolf

first_imgRead more posts about Governor Wolf’s 2016-17 budget.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitter By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf February 07, 2016center_img Budget News,  The Blog,  Videos On Tuesday, February 9th at 11:30 AM, Governor Tom Wolf will deliver his 2016-2017 Budget Address. The speech will be live streamed on our website at governor.pa.gov/live. You can also find updates and behind-the-scenes content on the 2016-2017 budget announcement on our Facebook and Twitter all this week.Watch this budget preview from Governor Wolf — and make sure you tune in for the full 2016-2017 Budget Address live this Tuesday at 11:30 AM at governor.pa.gov/live.Today, we stand at a crossroad. The path we choose will have a profound impact on our commonwealth’s future. My proposed budget provides a clear vision for a promising future for our state. It assumes the bipartisan budget agreement that proved elusive in December is ultimately enacted this year. It provides a plan for 2016-17 that meets our needs and continues to restore the cuts to our schools.We must, however, acknowledge that a failure to act has severe consequences that will be felt across the Commonwealth. If we do nothing, and continue the status quo, our schools will face impacts that cut deeper than anything we have faced in recent memory.In fact, it would result in another $1 billion cut from education; doubling down on the deep cuts of the past.Funding for home- and community-based services for seniors, veterans and child care would be reduced by hundreds of millions.Bond ratings would be lowered again, while debt costs and local property taxes would soar upward. And our deficit would balloon to over $2 billion dollars.We must take action to avoid this from happening to our state and to our future. We still need schools that teach, jobs that pay, and a government that works. BLOG: Watch a Budget Speech Preview from Governor Wolflast_img read more