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Tidal waves cause floods, displace hundreds in West Lombok

Tidal waves cause floods, displace hundreds in West Lombok Personnel of the local search and rescue team help villagers affected by tidal floods in a village in West Lombok regency, West Nusa Tenggara, on July 25. (Photo courtesy of/Mataram Search and Rescue Team)
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Mataram, West Nusa Tenggara   ●   Wed, July 25, 2018 2018-07-25 16:40 1025 a7124a1e87885b91d244660f9efa72eb 1 National tidal-floods,tidal-wave,Lombok,West-Nusa-Tenggara Free

Tidal waves hit Induk Beach at Taman Ayu village in West Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, on Wednesday morning, forcing hundreds to flee following tidal floods that had inundated their village.

Seawater started to enter residential areas in the village at 8:35 a.m on Wednesday, causing knee-deep flooding, said Mataram Search and Rescue Agency spokesman I Lanang Wiswananda said.

“To anticipate worsening conditions, we immediately evacuated villagers [from the area],” he said, adding that the floods had affected 178 residents.

The agency, along with other personnel and volunteers, helped in the evacuation.

Wiswananda explained that the flooding was caused by tidal waves up to 4 meters high hitting the coastal village.

It had been reported that one house was severely damaged, and three fishing boats could not yet dock because of high waves.

Village head Lalu Imran said the tidal waves had been hitting the village since 4:30 a.m., followed by floodwater entering people’s houses from 7 a.m. Panicked residents then asked for help from the authorities to be evacuated to safer place. (nor/rin)