4 Areas in Aceh Singkil Hit by Floods, Landslides

    Antara - 30 Juli 2020 17:55 WIB
    4 Areas in Aceh Singkil Hit by Floods, Landslides
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    Banda Aceh: Floods and landslides, triggered by incessant downpours, hit four areas in Aceh Singkil Regency, Aceh Province, since Tuesday afternoon, according to the Aceh Disaster Mitigation Office (BPBA).

    Kota Baharu, North Singkil, Gunung Meriah, and Kuala Baru are the four affected areas, BPBA Head Sunawardi stated here on Thursday.

    In Kota Baharu, floods swamped roads and homes in Selakar Village. 

    "Flooding also submerged residential areas in Kampung Baru Village, North Singkil. The Aceh Singkil Disaster Mitigation Office (BPBD) is still in the process of collecting data on the number of homes affected by flooding," he stated.

    A landslide struck Bukit Harapan Village in Gunung Meriah area and cut off land transportation between the village and Singkohor area.

    "A bridge connecting Kuala Baru and Bulusema collapsed as a result of the landslide. The bridge is currently unusable and in need of immediate repair," he stated.

    The Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has forecast that the buildup of low pressure over Asia can still potentially cause heavy rains that will be causal to flooding and landslides in the next few days in several regions in Aceh.

    "There is low pressure buildup in Asia, so the air mass over Indian Ocean is moving up to Aceh and turning away. This condition is expected to continue until this week," Zakaria Ahmad, head of the Data and Information Section of the Sultan Iskandar Muda Metrology Station in Aceh, stated. (antara) 


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