Manado, North Sulawesi (ANTARA News) - Hundreds of houses have been submerged in flood water reaching a height of 2.5 meters, following 11 hours of incessant rains in Manado, on Wednesday.

"The flood waters reached a height of two meters in Ternate Tanjung. The roof of our house was submerged in water," stated Herry Permata, a local inhabitant of Ternate Tanjung, Singkil.

He noted that he had to evacuate his children to a safer location and he will soon join them.

Singkil Sub-District Head Herry Saptono reported that more than 200 houses in his area were inundated with one to 2.5-meter deep water. He also added that the flood victims had been evacuated, particularly women and children, to higher ground.

The floods have also hit several parts of Java, Kalimantan, and Sumatra Islands.

On Sumatra Islands, several villages in North Musirawas, South Sumatra, have been flooded for the past several days.

The flash floods triggered by incessant heavy rains submerged three sub-districts: Rawas Ilir, Karang Dapo, and Rupit, reported Sunardin, a spokesman of the North Musirawas sub-district administration, here on Wednesday.

The Rawas Ilir sub-district was worst hit by the floods, which inundated hundreds of houses, he remarked.

The floods also submerged several public facilities such as community health centers and schools, thereby preventing the students from attending school.

Meanwhile, on the Kalimantan Island, hundreds of houses in the Teriti and Bekotok areas, Loa Ipuh Village, Kutai Kartanegara District, East Kalimantan, were also inundated by the flood waters, stated Darmansyah, the head of the local disaster mitigation agency (BPBD).

The BPBD head claimed that the flood waters affected 880 families or 2,957 residents. The floods were triggered by heavy incessant rains over the past several days. It was also triggered by a surge in the tidal waters of the Tenggarong River, which overflowed its banks, he added.

Over the past few days, flooding has also occurred in Indonesias capital city of Jakarta on Java Island as a result of incessant heavy rains in the on-going rainy season.



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