Mayer Rumbeyan (26), a resident of West Silabu Hamlet, Silabu Village, North Pagai District, Mentawai Islands Regency, did not expect the heavy rain on Friday (18/3/2022) to cause flooding in his village.
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"It rained for two days, causing water to inundate my house an inch even though my house is a house on stilts 1 meter off the ground," said Mayer to Mentawaikita.com, Sunday (20/3/2022).
This incident was the first in his village. Apart from West Silabu, there were two other hamlets that had floods, namely South Silabu and North Silabu. Mayer suspected that the flood was caused by the blockage of the Sisieru River in Silabu that empties to the sea, so that the volume of rain did not flow into the sea but instead entered the village. The river was partially buried due to the construction of the Mentawai Essential Oil Cooperative road in Silabu.