25 December, 2006

Floods in Aceh, Indonesia

There have been reports of severe flooding in Aceh, Indonesia. Following is preliminary information received from the Office of the United Nations Recovery Coordinator for Aceh and Nias (UNORC) through the RC/HC Office in Jakarta:

Some 160 villages were affected and some 70,000 people displaced due to heavy floods in Aceh. Three (3) people were reported dead from floods in Bener Meriah, Pondok Baru village, and Permata Sub District. A landslide blocked the road between Bireuen and Bener Meriah, at Cot Panglima, Juli Sub District, approximately 30 km from Bireuen. Roads are also blocked in Kuala Simpang, Aceh Tamiang due to heavy floods. In Aceh Utara people in various sub districts were forced to leave their houses due to heavy flooding (at least 300 households but no detailed information at this stage).

The local government and Dinas Sosial have responded with emergency aid to the flood affected areas. No comprehensive damage assessment is available yet.

UNORC convened an expanded UN Team meeting for Saturday, 23 December 2006 to discuss possible actions including an immediate inter-agency assessment The local government reports that flash floods throughout the east coast and central Aceh have affected 160 villages in 16 sub-districts, forcing the evacuation of an estimated 70,000 people.

An Information Bulletin on the situtation has been released by the IRFC and is available on ReliefWeb. There is no request for international Assistence at this stage. For more information please contact the Office of UN Recovery Coordinator for Aceh & Nias in Banda Aceh on +62(0) 811 825 214

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