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Hundreds of flood victims evacuated in Bangka Belitung

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    The Jakarta Post

  /   Tue, February 9, 2016   /  02:08 pm
Hundreds of flood victims evacuated in Bangka Belitung Two residents try to cross the flooded road connecting West Sumatra with Riau in Limapuluhkota regency, West Sumatra, on Monday. The flood also hit other parts of Sumatra such as Medan in the north and Bank Belitung province in the south. (Antara/Iggoy el Fitra) (Antara/Iggoy el Fitra)

Two residents try to cross the flooded road connecting West Sumatra with Riau in Limapuluhkota regency, West Sumatra, on Monday. The flood also hit other parts of Sumatra such as Medan in the north and Bank Belitung province in the south. (Antara/Iggoy el Fitra)

Hundreds of residents of Lampur Village, Bangka Belitung province, were evacuated from their houses on Tuesday after water levels reaching up to 3 meters in height inundated the area.

"The village is sheltering flood victims at a PT Timah building,'€ said Dani, a member of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), on Tuesday as quoted by Antara news agency.

He explained that residents were asked to leave their homes temporarily due to the continuously rising water level caused by constant rainfall that started on Sunday and continued until Tuesday morning.

Armed with rubber boats, search and rescue (SAR) teams have been rescuing residents trapped in their homes, Dani continued.

The evacuation process was carried out in cooperation with village residents and officials, Dani said.

"Health officials are also on standby at temporary shelters," he added.

Assistance for victims is already flowing in from other residents in the form of human resources and food.

"Currently, our officers are alert and we urge the general public to be vigilant because the rain has not yet stopped," he said.

The areas around Central Bangka regency have also confronted severe floods.

Central Bangka BNPB head Kaharuddin said the floods had damaged infrastructure, destroying roads and bridges.

Kaharuddin added that rescue officers had been dispatched to several areas in the regency. (liz/bbn)(+)

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