At least 6 people have died in Indonesia‘s Riau Province after heavy rain triggered flash floods and landslides over the last few days.
Days of heavy rain caused several rivers to overflow. Antara news agency, quoting Riau disaster officials, reported flooding in the regencies (districts) of Rokan Hulu, Kampar, Pelalawan, Kuantan Singingi, Indragiri Hulu and Rokan Hilir. Almost 9,000 houses in over 200 villages have been damaged and over 60,000 people from over 25,000 families have been affected.
Flood victims were mostly in Kuantan Singingi regency (9,065 families) followed by Kampar (8,350 families), Rokan Hulu (3,041 families), Pelalawan (389 families), Indragiri Hulu (2,509 families), and Rokan Hilir (1,780 families).
Three people died in floods and 2 others in landslides in Rokan Hulu. One other fatality was reported as a result of flooding in Kuantan Singingi.
The Riau provincial administration has declared a state of emergency lasting until 31 December, 2019.
Featured photo: file photo of floods in Riau. Credit: BNPB