1,20,000 displaced in Indonesia floods

1,20,000 displaced in Indonesia floods
1,20,000 displaced in Indonesia floods
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The News Minute| December 24, 2014| 8.34 pm IST

Floods in Indonesia's Aceh province in the northern tip of Sumatra island have displaced at least 120,966 people, an official said here Wednesday.

Water levels rose to 400 cm in the districts of North Aceh and East Aceh, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman of national disaster agency, told Xinhua over phone.

Those being trapped or affected by the floods are being evacuated by soldiers, police, and local disaster agency officials, the spokesman said.

Other areas being inundated by the waters include the provincial capital, Banda Aceh, the districts of Aceh Tamiang, South Aceh, Pidie, and Lhoksemawe, said Sutopo.

Emergency relief aid has been sent to the centres of evacuation, he said.

Rescue personnel and the affected people badly required rubber boats, fast food, blankets, and baby food, Sutopo said.

On Tuesday, the agency reported that the number of evacuee stood at 28,000 people.

Indonesia is frequently struck by floods and landslides during this time of the year.

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