Floods inundate rice fields in Langkat, N Sumatra

Langkat, N Sumatra, (ANTARA News)- Floods submereged rice fields measuring a total of 118 hectares in Stabat and Binjai Sub-districts, Langkat District, North Sumatra, on Wednesday.

The flooding was triggered by incessant heavy rains that caused Sei Blengking river to spill over its bank, Miswandi, a local agriculture officer, said.

In Stabat, 78 hectares of rice fields located in Pantai Gemi, Sidomulyo, Ara Condong, and Kwala Bingei villages, were inundated.

"In this sub-district, local farmers had just planted paddies, but downpours caused Sei Blengking river to overflow and submerged the farmers paddies," he said.

Besides, seven hectares of corn fields located in Banyumas and Kwala Bingei villages in Stabat, were also flooded.

In Binjai, flood affected 40 hectares of rice fields in Suka Makmur and Sambirejo villages.

The local agriculture office has deployed several officers to monitor the condition of flood-affected farming areas in Langkat and to help local farmers.

Several regions in Indonesia have begun rainy season in October 2018.

Source: ANTARA News

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