BY DATA, INFORMATION AND PUBLIC RELATIONS CENTER
The presence of turbulence (Eddy) next to the Indian Ocean, west of North Sumatra has caused heavy rains in northern Sumatra. Coupled with the shallow river conditions, environmental damage, and tidal have caused flooding in the Tebing Tinggi City and Padang city.
The flood hit Tebing Tinggi City, North Sumatra on Saturday (10/19/2013) at 11:00 pm today. It is because of the overflows in Padang River and Bahilang River. Water level reaches 1.5 m. While the number of refugees around 6,000 people from 1,500 households. There has been no casualty reported. Residents fled to the nearest relatives and partly in the refugee camps established by BPBD Tebing Tinggi. The flood is estimated to increase due to the high rainfall in the upstream of the river which is still ongoing. BPB still assessing the victim and has started to distribute as much as 2.4 tons of rice, 150 boxes of instant noodles, 1,500 blankets and 300 boxes of mineral water. The mayor and the police chief and related agency review the location.
In the city of Padang, West Sumatra floods also hit in Bungus Area since at 17.20 pm on Saturday afternoon. A heavy rain in the upstream part of the river has caused a rapid rising of the water level. The tides occurred due to the full moon to cause the flood. Preliminary data noted 2,500 homes in flooded areas, West Bungus and East Bungus, Sub-district of Bungus Teluk Kabung. Padang Road to Painan was paralyzed right in front of TPI Bungus. BPBD city of Padang, West Sumatra Province and other agencies are still performing emergency operation.
People are encouraged to always be aware of severe weather related to the transition into the rainy season. Alert on the Floods, landslides and cyclones.
Sutopo Purwo Nugroho
Head of Data Information and Public Relations BNPB
Translated By Henrikus Adi Hernanto