Flash floods hit Padang Sidempuan regency in Indonesia’s North Sumatra province on March 26 night (Photo: thejakartapost.com)

Hanoi (VNA) – Flash floods hit Padang Sidempuan regency in Indonesia’s western province of North Sumatra on March 26 night, killing five people and displacing hundreds of others.

Floods were caused by torrential rains which triggered an overflow of water from the Batang Ayumi River, washing away 17 houses on the riverbank, said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho – a spokesman of the National Disaster Management Agency.

Floodwater with mud also severely damaged many school buildings.

Evacuation and rescue for affected people have been underway in several parts of the province, he noted.-VNA