Floods and landslides have hit the West Nias regency, affecting thousands of people

Floods and landslides have hit the West Nias regency, affecting thousands of people
A number of residents of Lahagu village in North Mandrehe district, West Nias regency, gather at a place higher than the flood zone (Ist/InfoFPMKI)

FLOODS and landslides caused by heavy rainfall, accompanied by strong winds, caused water discharge to exceed the capacity of the Moro'o River, in West Nias Regency, North Sumatra Province, Sunday (16/6).

Based on information from the West Nias Regency Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD), floods and landslides occurred at 6:00 PM WIB yesterday.

Abdul Muhari, head of the Center for Disaster Data, Information and Communications at the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB), said the disaster affected as many as 1,000 heads of households or 4,000 people.

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“We suffered material losses of 1,000 homes. Plantations and rice fields were damaged,” he said on Tuesday (19/6)

The affected areas include Simae'asi, Iraonogambo, Sisobambowo and Sisarahili villages in Mandrehe district. Lolohio Village, Iraonogeba, Ononamolo II, Lasarabagawu, Sisobandrao in West Mandrehe District.

Then Sisobambowo Village, Lologundre, Iraonogaila, Ono waembo, Tiga Serangkai in Lahomi District. Lahagu village in North Mandrehe district. Ono Zalukhu You, Hilisoromi and Lasarabahili villages in Moro'o District.

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West Nias Regency BPBD, Abdul said, carried out a rapid assessment and repaired damage to riverbanks, bridges and roadsides.

It is reported that the current flood condition is gradually subsiding. Based on weather forecasts from the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG), the West Nias Regency area has the potential for heavy rainfall in the future.

“This heavy rain could have significant impacts such as flooding, landslides and disruption to daily activities,” he said.

BNPB urges the public to remain vigilant and take necessary preventive measures such as ensuring that water channels are not blocked and disaster-prone areas are avoided during this period. (scary)


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