Indonesia and Malaysia – Thousands of Homes Damaged in Floods

Thousands of homes have been damaged by flooding in parts Peninsula Malaysia and northern areas of the island of Sumatra, Indonesia, after heavy rainfall over the last few days.

Floods in Aceh province, Indonesia, October 2019. Photo: Aceh Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD)


In Indonesia flooding affected the provinces of Aceh and North Sumatra on the island of Sumatra.

In Aceh Province, local disaster officials reported that over 300 houses have been damaged after floods in West Aceh District, affecting over 1,000 people. Flood water was reportedly 70 cm deep following days heavy rainfall from around 22 October.

During the same period over 500 homes were flooded after heavy rain in Mandailing Natal Regency in neighbouring North Sumatra province.

Also in North Sumatra province, heavy rain over the weekend 26 to 27 October caused flooding in 11 districts of Batu Bara regency.

Local media, quoting Batu Bara Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) officials, said 1,087 houses have been flooded and thousands of people displaced and staying in evacuation sites.


Parts of Peninsular Malaysia saw heavy rain and some flooding during the same period. News agency Bernama said that, as of 26 October, a total of 691 people from 181 families were in temporary evacuation centres in the four states of Perak, Johor, Penang and Selangor.

Kuala Selangor district in Selangor was the hardest hit areas, with a total of 440 people displaced. no deaths or injuries were reported.