Floods in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia

Hundreds of homes were flooded on Saturday 04 October 2014 in the Indonesian city of Medan. Medan is the capital of the North Sumatra province, and with a population of just over 2 million, is the fourth largest city in Indonesia.

The flooding was a result of heavy rainfall that began on Friday 03 October and soon forced the rivers of Babura and Deli to overflow, inundating nearby houses in and around Medan. Some areas were said to be under 1.5 metres of flood water by Saturday. Aur village in Aur subdistrict, Medan Maimun, was reported as the worst hit.

Indonesia is gearing up for it’s annual wet season, which normally runs from November to March. Other areas of North Sumatra have also been affected by heavy rain, including Deli Serdang regency and the city of Binjai.


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