Over 3,400 flood victims evacuated in Riau
The Jakarta Post, Pekanbaru, Riau | Archipelago | Mon, February 18 2013, 4:34 PM
At least 3,452 from among a total of 21,000 flood victims affected by inundations from the Batang Buluh and Rokan rivers in Rokan Hulu regency, Riau, have been evacuated to safer ground.
“They are some of the 21,000 people affected by the major flooding, which was sparked by the Batang Buluh and Rokan rivers [bursting their banks],” the head of Rokan Hulu's Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD), Aceng Herdiana, said on Sunday night.
“In Kepenuhan Hulu district, the number of people affected reached 2,317, while in Kepenuhan Barat district, numbers of displaced people reach 1,450,” Aceng said as quoted by Antara news agency.
Houses belonging to some 1,229 families in Rambah district have been inundated and in Bonai Darussalam district, floodwater breached the homes of 1,355 families, he said.
“The total number of flood victims in the inundated districts is 5,033 families comprising 21,000 people, 3,452 of whom have been evacuated,” added Aceng. (rkh)