Flash-flood Disaster Due Deforestation

 A flash flood disaster tragedy had hit six villages in the Muara Batang Gadis sub-district, Mandailing Natal district, North Sumatra province, Indonesia on September 15, 2009 at around 02.00 WIB which resulted in 15 people being reported dead while 25 others were missing.

The personnel of the National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) are hampered by the river route as the main access which is cut off and is at risk of the impact of subsequent flash floods, while initial observations have been carried out using air routes or helicopters. The first aid was successfully sent by taking approximately 20 hours along the river from Mandailing Natal Regency on the third day of the disaster.

Based on the observations of residents, the flash flood started upstream of the Sulangaling River which was dammed by piles of drifting wood which was suspected due the deforestation or illegal logging which impacted the forest of Batang Gadis National Park.

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