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Jakarta Post

Flood displaces thousands in Gorontalo

  • Syamsul Huda M.Suhari

    The Jakarta Post

Gorontalo   /   Thu, October 27 2016   /  08:31 am

Heavy rain for two days has caused rivers and a lake to overflow in Gorontalo, flooding thousands of houses in three regencies.

Gorontalo Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD Gorontalo) recorded the three affected regencies as Bone Bolango, Boalemo and Gorontalo.

Gorontalo is the worst-hit regency with at least nine districts inundated with floodwater to a depth of up to 1.2 meters displacing 4,296 people.

“The floods have affected 1,222 families. Some are remaining in their houses,” Sucipto Abdullah, an official at the Gorontalo Social Affairs Agency, told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.

The nine districts affected are Boliyohuto, Asparaga, Bilato, Limboto, West Limboto, Tibawa, Tolangohula, Dungaliyo and Tilango.

In Tibawa district, people were evacuated to higher roadsides. In West Limboto, two residents had to be rushed to hospital after being hit by...