Sumatra Homes Flood As Dike Bursts

Langkat, North Sumatra. As floods plague parts of Sumatra, Java and Papua, a river bank in North Sumatra has collapsed, flooding hundreds of homes with hundreds more facing potential flooding.

The dike on Cucukan River in Tanjung Putus village, Padang Tualang sub-district, collapsed last night, village head Erdiyanto said on Sunday.

He said damage to the river dike became worse in the morning due to strong river currents due to constant heavy downpours over the last couple of days.

Cucukan is an estuary of Batang Serangan that extends to Gunung Lauser National Park.

Erdiyanto said many farms and plantations had also been flooded.

Floods resulting from days of high-intensity rains have wreaked havoc in Sumatra, Java and Papua, forcing thousands of residents from their homes.

In Medan, North Sumatra, waters from the rain-swollen Babura, Deli, Bederah and Denai rivers had inundated thousands of houses since early Friday, residents there said.

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