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Flash flood decimates rows of villas in North Sumatra hamlet

  • Apriadi Gunawan

    Medan

Medan   /   Sat, November 21 2020   /  01:02 pm
In this country, we humans are forever at the mercy of nature. (Shutterstock/-)

Eight rental villas and several shophouses were swept away by a flash flood in the Landak River tourist area in North Sumatra’s Langkat regency early on Wednesday. There was no loss of life in the disaster, but a number of farm animals were found dead, local bystanders and officials have said, while the Selang Pangeran bridge that had become a tourist attraction on the river was also swept away in the violent washout. Tomi Hendrik, a resident from Bahorok district, said the flash flood had passed through his area between midnight and 2 a.m. on Wednesday due to rain that had continuously poured since the morning prior. As a result, the floodwater inundated the river and reached a depth of 5 meters. In addition to the flood, the heavy rain also resulted in landslides at the Bukit Lawang residential complex in Bahorok VII hamlet. No one was lost to the disaster, but...