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Floods isolate thousands of villagers in West Sumatra

Tempo - December 20, 2021

Antara, Jakarta – Floods swamped five hamlets in Tiku Lima Jorong Village in Tanjungmutiara Sub-district, Agam District, West Sumatra Province, isolating at least 4,000 villagers as the flooding cut off roads connecting the areas to other villages.

The flood-affected hamlets were Muaro Putih, Subang-subang, Labuhan, Gadih Angik and Masang, Anaswar, secretary of the Tiku LIma Jorong Village Administration, said here on Sunday.

The flooding was triggered by heavy rains that caused Batang Masang and Batang Antokan Rivers to spill over their banks.

"The residents cannot go out to other regions, but their routine activities continue as usual. The food stocks are adequate for next several weeks," he said.

The village's main roads were flooded at a height of between 50 cm to 1.5 meters, preventing vehicles from passing through, he added.

The local disaster mitigation office has deployed personnel and a boat to the affected hamlets.

The authorities, however, needed another large boat to help transport local residents' motorcycles to higher grounds.

Source: https://en.tempo.co/read/1541162/floods-isolate-thousands-of-villagers-in-west-sumatr