ANN/THE JAKARTA POST – Hundreds of homes in six districts of the North Sumatra capital of Medan were inundated with waters up to one metre deep following heavy rains early on Thursday.
Dozens of residents were forced to evacuate; several streets were also inundated.
Medan city Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) chief, M Husni said 696 houses were inundated in Medan Selayang, Medan Johor, Medan Sunggal, Medan Maimun and Medan Polonia district.
Husni said that heavy rains had caused the Deli and Babura rivers in the city to overflow. The agency reported 2,247 people were affected by the flooding. “Dozens of people have to evacuate. We have assisted them,” Husni told The Jakarta Post.
Herman, a Medan Selayang resident, said that floodwaters started encroaching on his house at around 1.30am. The woodcraftsman said his family did not get any sleep. “We spent the night draining the water out until 4.30am.”