Indonesia – Floods Damage Thousands of Homes in North Sumatra Province

Over 25,000 people have been affected by floods in Serdang Bedagai Regency in North Sumatra Province of Indonesia.

Floods in Serdang Bedagai Regency Indonesia November 2020. Photo: BPBD Serdang Bedagai Regency

According to Indonesia’s disaster management agency BNPB, flooding began in mid-November, and worsened from 23 November, affecting the sub-districts of Tebing Tinggi, Sei Bamban, Sei Rampah, Dolok Masihul and Sipispis.

As of 28 November, 5,336 homes had been damaged and 26,680 people affected, according to BNPB. Over 100 families have evacuated and moved to temporary accommodation.

Severe flooding has affected the city of Tebing Tinggi in particular over the last few days. As of 30 November, the city government reported 6,663 houses damaged.

Meanwhile, heavy rainfall has also affected areas of Indonesia and Malaysia on the island of Borneo, in particular in South Kalimantan Province, where flooding on 27 November affected 390 people and damaged 130 homes in Tapin Regency. The following day, floods in Tabalong regency damaged 497 homes, affecting 1,873 people.

Further north on the island of Borneo, 364 people were displaced from their homes after flooding in Bintulu in the state of Sarawak in Malaysia on 28 November. Bintulu recorded 256.6mm of rain in 24 hours to 28 November 2020.