1,453 families affected by flooding in Langkat, N Sumatra

Langkat, N Sumatra (ANTARA News) - Floods triggered by incessant heavy rains have hit four sub-districts in Langkat District, North Sumatra Province, and affected 1,453 families.

The four flood-affected sub-districts, were Stabat, Binjai, Secanggang and Tanjungpura,Irwan Sahri, head of the Langkat disaster mitigation office, said in Stabat, here, Thursday.

In Stabat, flood waters reaching a height of up to one meter, inundated Karang Rejo village and Kwala Begumit village.

In Binjai, flood submerged Sidomulyo village. In Secanggan, Karang Anyar, Perkotaan, Karang Gading, and Kepala Sungai villages were flooded. In Tanjungpura, floods inundated Pematang Srrai and Paya Perupuk villages.

Meanwhile, floods also submerged rice fields measuring a total of 118 hectares in Stabat and Binjai Sub-districts on Wednesday.

The flooding was triggered by incessant heavy rains that caused Sei Blengking river and Kapal Keruk river to spill over their banks, 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.

Source: ANTARA News

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