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Tens Of Homes Flooded In Lengayang, W Sumatra

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Painan, W Sumatra (Antara Sumbar) - Tens of homes have been flooded in Nagari Central Lakitan, Lengayang sub-district, South Pesisir District, West Sumatra Province, following incessant downpour since Monday (Mar 6) evening.

Flood waters reaching a height of up to 80 cm began to rise at 6 a.m. local time, Tuesday (Mar 7), Irwandi, village head of Nagari Central Lakitan, said.

The flood cut of road connecting Central Lakitan and East Lakitan.

"Nagari Central Lakitan and East Lakitan could not be accessed through the main road. We should take an alternative route," he said.

Several schools have also been closed in the village due to the flooding.

Meanwhile, floods and landslides triggered by heavy rains in Limapuluh Kota district, West Sumatra Province, have killed five people and injured two others seriously.

The National Disaster Mitigation Board (BNPB) has sent a helicopter to distribute logistics among residents of Limapuluh Kota district,  which remained isolated as of Monday due to flood and landslide.

BNPB Chief Willem Rampangilei who inspected flood-and landslide-hit areas in the district said a BNPB team has been concentrating on rescuing affected residents, handling evacuees and restoring the flood-and landslide-hit areas.

Rampangilei said he had received information that one sub-district remained isolated as of Monday and ordered the distribution of logistics among residents of the sub-district to reduce the impact of the flood and landslide.

Efforts to mitigate the impact of the flood and landslide have been made since the disaster affected the district last Friday (March 3), chief of the BNPB Data and Information Center and Public Relations  Sutopo Purwo Nugroho  said.

The heavy rains caused Sumpur River to overflow its bank and landslides in several areas.

The floods and landslides affected the eight sub-districts of  Pangkalan, Kapur IX, Mungka, Harau, Payakumbuh, Lareh Sago Halaban, Sulikik and Empat Barisan. (*)

Editor: Vicha Faradika

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