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Flash flood, landslide hit tourism site in North Sumatra

Jakarta Post - May 1, 2023

Apriadi Gunawan, Medan – Heavy rains sent a four-meter flash flood and landslide to Sembahe, Deli Serdang regency, North Sumatra, on Sunday afternoon. One parked car was carried away by the flood, but no victims have been reported.

Medan Search and Rescue Agency (SAR) chief Budiono said rescue workers have combed the surrounding areas to make sure there were no victims.

"We found the car heavily damaged, but there was no passenger inside," Budiono told The Jakarta Post on Sunday.

A 30-centimeter-deep muddy flood also hit the Medan-Berastagi highway from Kilometer 48 to KM 53, causing a traffic jam.

Deli Serdang Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) chief Amos Karo-karo said the tourism site was packed with visitors but they quickly evacuated the area after realizing a flood was coming.

Amos said the floods were caused by heavy rains in the mountainous areas of the neighboring Karo regency.

On Friday, heavy rains caused flooding and landslides in Sibolga city and Central Tapanuli regency in the province. Seven houses were damaged, but no casualties were reported. (dre)

Source: https://www.thejakartapost.com/indonesia/2023/05/01/flash-flood-landslide-hit-tourism-site-in-north-sumatra.htm