"The flash flood hampered officers from crossing by a boat to the elephant training center," Asep, an elephant tamer in the Seblat elephant training center, said Friday.
The flood that started Thursday evening, swept away a crossing boat in to the rivers currents.
Tens of households living in Sukabaru Village were forced to evacuate to higher grounds due to the flood.
The flash flood began at 9 p.m. local time Thursday, Sub-district Head of Marga Sakti Seblat of North Bengkulu District Jalaludin said.
Some 120 villagers took refuge in four safe places due to the floodwaters reaching a height of up to 1.5 meters, he said.
Edited by INE.