Flooding inundated 800 houses in Pesisir Selatan

Painan, W Sumatra (ANTARA News) - Flooding hit Pesisir Selatan district, West Sumatra, inundating 800 houses following rains on Saturday and Sunday.

No casualty was reported but the 800 houses in the sub-districts of Linggo Sari Baganti and Koto XI Tarusan in the district were still inundated, the regional disaster control agency (BPBD) said.

In the sub-district of Linggto Sari Baganti, the flood water reached as high as a man`s chest, Jamaluddin, head of the agency said here on Sunday.

The flooding also submerged the western Sumatra highway cutting off land transport between the west Sumatra capital of Padang and Painan.

Hundreds of cars were trapped awaiting until water receded until 10.00 on Sunday local time.

Around 150 hectares of farm lands were put under water damaging newly planted crops.

The roads were blocked by falling trees and electric poles, which also cut power supply to many houses.

The hardest hit is Nagari Lagan Hilir and Lagan Mudik Linggo Sari Baganti where many people have to move to other places as their houses have been inundated since Saturday.