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24,000 evacuated, two dead in Indonesian floods

Christian Fernsby |
About 24,000 people have been evacuated and two children killed in floods on Indonesia’s Sumatra island, officials said Tuesday.

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Topics: INDONESIA   

Aceh province is where the evacuations and deaths have occurred, as well as some buildings been destroyed by fast-moving floodwaters and agricultural land damaged.

Jambi province on Sumatra was also hard hit, with many homes flooded.

The government plans to increase siren stations that are also equipped with public announcements at flood-prone areas to warn residents and also to instruct them to evacuate.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob in a statement said this was part of the proposed improvements discussed in the Post-Northeast Monsoon Flood Disaster Management Task Force special meeting which he chaired.


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