Rains in western Indonesia leave 2 dead, 2,700 homes flooded

MEDAN, Indonesia (AP) — Torrential rains in Indonesia’s third largest city caused four rivers to overflow, flooding thousands of homes and killing at least two people, officials said Friday.



A young girl washes a pillow in flood water near ruins of houses at a neighborhood affected by the flood in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Friday, Dec. 4, 2020. Torrential rains in the country's third largest city swelled rivers and flooded thousands of homes leaving a number of people killed and missing. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)


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A young girl washes a pillow in flood water near ruins of houses at a neighborhood affected by the flood in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Friday, Dec. 4, 2020. Torrential rains in the country’s third largest city swelled rivers and flooded thousands of homes leaving a number of people killed and missing. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

The local disaster mitigation agency said rescuers were searching for six missing people, including a toddler, after the heavy rains in Medan, the capital of North Sumatra province.



People walk past the wreckage of a car swept away by a flood at a neighborhood in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Friday, Dec. 4, 2020. Torrential rains in the country's third largest city swelled rivers and flooded thousands of homes leaving a number of people killed and missing. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)


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People walk past the wreckage of a car swept away by a flood at a neighborhood in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Friday, Dec. 4, 2020. Torrential rains in the country’s third largest city swelled rivers and flooded thousands of homes leaving a number of people killed and missing. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

At least two people were found dead after being swept away by the floods, which began Thursday evening, the agency said in a statement. More than 2,700 houses were flooded in the city, which has about 2.9 million people, forcing authorities to cut off electricity and water supplies, it said.



Indonesian soldiers examine the damage at a neighborhood affected by a flood in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Friday, Dec. 4, 2020. Torrential rains in the country's third largest city swelled rivers and flooded thousands of homes leaving a number of people killed and missing. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)


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Indonesian soldiers examine the damage at a neighborhood affected by a flood in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Friday, Dec. 4, 2020. Torrential rains in the country’s third largest city swelled rivers and flooded thousands of homes leaving a number of people killed and missing. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

On Friday, rescuers took 181 people to temporary shelters after floodwaters reached as high as 5 meters (16 feet) in several places.

Floods and landslides are common in Indonesia during the rainy season.

Severe flooding and landslides that hit greater Jakarta early this year killed more than 60 people, displaced hundreds of thousands and forced an airport to close.

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