Severe floods hit Sumatra, damaging thousands of homes and affecting more than 26 000 people


Thousands of homes have been damaged and more than 26 000 people affected by severe floods in the Serdang Bedagai Regency of North Sumatra, Indonesia over the past couple of weeks. Floods in the region began mid-November and worsened on November 23. The worst affected city was Tebing Tinggi, with authorities describing the floods there as the worst in history.

Among the affected sub-districts are Sei Bamban, Sei Rampah, Dolok Masihul, and Sipispis, according to Indonesia’s disaster management agency BNPB. Up to 26 680 people were left suffering from inundations.

Tebing Tinggi has been hit the worst as torrential rainfall since Friday, November 27, caused the Padang River to overflow, submerging houses and streets. The water had not receded by Sunday, November 30.

The city government reported that 6 663 houses have been damaged in the city. North Sumatra Governor Edy Rahmayadi added that heavy rainfall destroyed up to 50 m (164 feet) of the Padang River's embankments, flooding the Tanjung Marulak area.

"This is the largest flood that has occurred in Tebing Tinggi," Edy remarked. No fatalities were reported.

Featured image credit: BNPB


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