Floods inundate 32 villages in South Sumatra

Flooding in South Sumatra. (ANTARA FOTO/Nova Wahyudi)

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N. MUSI RAWAS, Feb 19, 2019, ANTARA News. Floods have inundated 32 villages in five sub-districts in North Musi Rawas District, South Sumatra Province, following incessant heavy rains since Friday, reported the ANTARA.

Two rivers — Rawas and Rupit — spilled over their banks and flooded the villages, Zulkifli, head of the North Musi Rawas disaster mitigation office, stated here, Monday.

In Karang Jaya Sub-district, floods affected the seven villages of Tanjung Agung, Rantau Telang, Bukit Ulu, Muara Batang Empu, Sukamenang, Terusan, and Embacang Lama.

The villages of Lesung Batu, Lesung Batu Muda, Lubuk Kemang, and Remban in Rawas Ulu Sub-district were also flooded.

In Rupit Sub-district, flooding hit the nine villages of Noman, Noman Baru, Batu Gajah, Maur, Maur Baru, Bingin Rupit, Karang Anyar, Lubuk Rumbai, and Pantai.

In Karang Dapo Sub-district, the villages of Karang Dapo 1, Kertasari, Rantau Kadam, and Karang Dapo were inundated.

Floods also submerged Mandi Angin, Beringin Makmur I, Tanjung Raja, Belani, Batu Kucing, Pauh, Pauh I, and Bingin Teluk villages in Rawas Ilir Sub-district.

The floodwaters in North Musi Rawas began to subside, but the intensity of rainfall was still high, he noted.

The flooding submerged residential areas, cut off roads, damaged two bridges, and forced several schools to temporarily cease class activities.

North Musi Rawas District Head Syarif Hidayat urged flood victims to be vigilant of more flooding and possible water-borne diseases, as rainy season is reaching its peak currently.

Reporting by Dolly, Rahmad, fardah

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