Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Torrential Rains Cause Huge Floods, Force Evacuations in Java and Sumatra - 27th Dec 2011

At least 500 homes in Kampar district, Riau, were inundated with a meter of water after a flash flood hit the nearby Sebayang River on Monday.

Jafri Datuk, a community elder in Kampar Kiri subdistrict, said four villages had been affected by the flood: Domo, Padang Sawa, East Teluk Paman and Kuntu.

“Of the four villages, we can only monitor Kuntu,” Jafri said, adding that there had not been any information from the three other villages because the surging water had cut off much of the access to them.

“There are 500 homes that are now inundated, and many of residents there have evacuated,” he added.

The flood hit at around 4 a.m. on Monday. No casualties have been reported, Jafri said.

Riau and the eastern part of West Sumatra have seen torrential rains for a week.

On Saturday, hundreds of homes in Pekanbaru, the capital of Riau, were hit with at least 50 centimeters of water. Read More