Meulaboh, Aceh (ANTARA News)- Floods have hit 12 sub-districts in West Aceh District, Aceh Darusalam Province, forcing over seven thousand people to evacuate to safer places since Tuesday following incessant heavy rains.

The floods were triggered by heavy rains and the overflowing of rivers in the district, Joni Nuriyanto, the head of the West Aceh disaster mitigation office, stated here, Wednesday.

The floods have damaged houses and public facilities in the affected sub-districts, he added.

A house was destroyed in Mereubo sub-district, two were swept away in Woyla sub-district, and a community health post in Arongan sub-district was seriously damaged by the floods.

Several bridges, including the Krueng Beukah Bridge, collapsed due to the floods reaching heights between 50 centimeters and 1.5 meters.

West Woyla sub-district was isolated as it was surrounded by waters reaching a height of up to 80 centimeters.

Indonesia is currently experiencing the rainy season, which has already triggered floods in some regions, including in Jakarta and Binjai in North Sumatra Province.

In Jakarta, floodwaters, reaching a height of up to four meters, inundated the Kampung Pulo area.

Over 1.5 thousand houses in the three sub-districts of Binjai District were flooded following incessant heavy rains.(*)

Editor: Heru Purwanto
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