Over 25 000 people affected, 7 900 houses damaged by the floods in western Indonesia

Over 25 000 people affected, 7 900 houses damaged by the floods in western Indonesia

Heavy rainfall on July 14 and 15, 2015 has caused several rivers to overflow simultaneously in the Aceh disctricts of western Indonesia.

According to Indonesia's disaster management agency (BNPB), no fatalities have been reported, although 25 765 people were affected by the flooding, over 2 000 people were displaced and over 7 900 houses were damaged in the regencies of Aceh Jaya and Aceh Barat. Some damage was done to local roads and bridges, as well.

BNPD has said that the river sedimentation and environmental degradation are responsible for making the area more susceptible to flooding.

Floods in Aceh Jaya, Indonesia on July 15, 2015. Image credit: BNPB.

Floods in Aceh Jaya, Indonesia on July 15, 2015. Image credit: BNPB.

Aceh Jaya has reported flood water in the range between 50 cm and 300 cm (19.6 to 118.1 inches). Over 2 000 people have been displaced during the flooding maxima and have sought refuge in relief camps. Some have since returned home.

Over the next 24 hours, light rain is still forecast for Aceh, including the regencies affected by floods.

Featured image: Floods in Aceh, Indonesia, July 2015. Image credit: BNPB.

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