Residents cut off by floods in Riau

Residents cut off by floods in Riau

Flooding in Rokan Hulu and Kampar regencies, Riau, have inundated hundreds of houses, damaged infrastructure and cut thousands of local residents off from other regions.

In Rokan Hulu, the Liding Ketek River overflowed causing floods in seven subdistricts. More than 300 houses were submerged in water of up to 1.5 meters deep.

"The rain has been intensifying for the last week that the shallow river can no longer accommodate the rainwater," head of Rokan Hulu regency Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD), Aceng Herdiana said.

Rokan Hulu Social Affairs, Manpower and Transmigration Agency head T Rafli Armien said his office had distributed food to the affected residents.

Meanwhile, eight subdistricts in Kampar Kiri Hulu district, Kampar regency, have also been cut off after the eight bridges that connected the areas to the outside world were destroyed by flash flooding.

More than 1,000 families might experience food scarcity as stocks have been depleted.

Head of Kampar BPBD, Ali Zabar, said his office had distributed 11.6 tons of rice and 1,160 packages of staple foods, of which 810 packages had been distributed to four affected subdistricts. The four outermost subdistricts were still unable to be reached.

"We will finish distributing the 810 packages, while trying to distribute the rest to the outermost subdistricts through Lima Puluh Kota regency, West Sumatra. We heard there was a shortcut to reach the subdistricts," said Ali.

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