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Flood in North Sumatra displaces thousands

  • Apriadi Gunawan

    The Jakarta Post

Medan   /   Tue, November 7, 2017   /   05:21 pm
Flood in North Sumatra displaces thousands Residents wade through floodwater in Medan Maimun, Medan, North Sumatra, on Tuesday. A flood inundated residential areas along the bank of the Deli River following heavy downpour in the area over the past few days. (Antara/Irsan Mulyadi)

A flood that hit several areas in North Sumatra a few days ago has forced thousands of residents to leave their homes for temporary shelters.

In the provincial capital of Medan, hundreds of homes were evacuated in Aur subdistrict, Medan Maimon district, early morning on Tuesday.

Floodwater one meter in depth inundated the houses.

A subdistrict official, Yahdi Sabil, said the flooding was caused by an overflow of the Deli River, following heavy downpour in the past few days.

He said that some residents living in multi-story houses chose to stay behind.

According to the Medan Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD), Medan Maimun and Medan Johor were the districts most affected by the flood.

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The operation and control manager at BPBD Medan, M. Yunus, said the agency had set up public kitchens in the temporary shelters.

"The flooding in Medan was also caused by an increase in the volume of water at the Babura River," he said.

Outside Medan, flooding was also reported in Langkat regency.

The overflowing Batang Serangan River resulted in the inundation of thousands of houses in six districts in the regency.

A man lifts up a large piece of debris that was swept by floodwater in Aur subdistrict, Medan Maimon, Medan, North Sumatra, on Tuesday.A man lifts up a large piece of debris that was swept by floodwater in Aur subdistrict, Medan Maimon, Medan, North Sumatra, on Tuesday. (The Jakarta Post/Apriadi Gunawan)

Iwan Syahri of BPBD Langkat said the hardest hit district was Tanjung Pura, where floodwater one meter in depth forced 699 families to leave their homes.

Other affected districts in the regency include Padang Tualang, Babalan, Sei Lepan, and Sawit Seberang.

“The flood also damaged 978 hectares of agricultural area, as well as several schools and worship places," Iwan said.

As of Tuesday afternoon, no casualties were reported. (bbs)