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Flood inundates hundreds of houses in Rokan Hulu

  • Rizal Harahap

    The Jakarta Post

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Pekanbaru   /   Thu, November 28, 2019   /  10:34 am
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Police officers help residents of Rokan Hulu regency in Riau during a flood on Nov. 15.(Courtesy of BPBD Rokan Hulu/File)

Persistent downpours for the last few days have inundated a number of villages in four districts in Rokan Hulu regency, Riau. The worst hit area was Pasir Pangaraian, the administrative seat of Rokan Hulu, where hundreds of houses were submerged in floodwater up to a meter deep, cutting off a main road, Jl. Tuanku Tambusai, which is also part of the Trans Sumatra highway. "The Rokan Hulu Police were forced to redirect the traffic to the Pasir Pangaraian outer ring road," the regency disaster mitigation agency (BPBD Rokan Hulu) head, Zulkifli Said, told reporters on Tuesday, adding that the BPBD and Social Affairs Agency had deployed two boats to transport people to cross the flood. He said the water surface continued to increase due to the floodwater from Bangun Purba district, where the water had started to subside. He called on people living along the banks of&nbs...