MEDAN (The Jakarta Post/ANN): At least seven people died during severe flooding and landslides that struck six districts in Central Tapanuli regency, North Sumatra, following heavy rain in the early hours of Wednesday (Jan 29), prompting local authorities to declare a state of emergency.
The flooding, which occurred at around 1am, also damaged several homes and public infrastructure, effectively cutting off access to the road that connects Barus and Pakkat districts.
Central Tapanuli Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) head Safaruddin Ananda Nasution said that, as of 5pm on Wednesday, seven people, namely a married couple in Barus district and five residents of Andam Dewi district, were confirmed dead.
“Two victims [died] after being washed away by floodwaters in Barus district, while five victims in Andam Dewi were buried under landslides, ” Safaruddin said.
North Sumatra BPBD head Riadil Akhir Lubis said the two-metre-high flood happened when most residents were sleeping, so they were left with a small window of opportunity to evacuate themselves. Barus and Andam Dewi districts suffered the worst flooding, he said.
“At least 22 residents were injured [in the disaster], ” said Riadil. - The Jakarta Post/Asia News Network
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