Flash flood destroys hundreds of houses in W Sumatra

Padang, W Sumatra, Feb 24 (ANTARA) - A flash flood triggered by heavy rains destroyed at least 113 houses at Nagari Simpang, Pasaman district, West Sumatra, on Wednesday evening.

About 10 houses were carried away by the water current, spokesman of the Pasaman district administration Budi Hermawan said on Thursday.

"Five to six of the houses carried away by the water current were leveled to ground," he said.

Since Wednesday night, residents of Nagari Sampang have been evacuated to an elementary school building at Mudiak Simpang. "Last night, junior high school building at Simpati was packed by evacuees so we removed some of them to the elementary school building we considered safe," he said.

Last night the Pasaman district administration formed a disaster mitigation post, put up a number of tents and distributed instant food among the flood evacuees, he said.

"And this morning we set up a public kitchen in the evacuee camp," he said.

No injuries or fatalities were reported in the flood.

"Two or three residents who had earlier been reported missing had joined their relatives. They said they evacuated to a hill," he said.

The flood also cut off a number of bridges, inundated about 50 hectares of rice field and destroyed irrigation networks.

He said at least 30 different places are prone to landslide following the flash flood which occurred at around 06.00 p.m. on Wednesday.

The Pasaman district head and his deputy inspected the flood-hit area on Wednesday night, he said. (ANTARA)
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