The National Disaster Management Authority (BNPB) confirmed on Sunday, December 29, that at least five people are missing due to flash floods in North Sumatra province. Emergency personnel are conducting search and rescue operations. Furthermore, at least nine houses and several bridges were completely washed away. The BNPB reported that the floods also triggered landslides.
The Indonesia Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysical Agency (BMKG) forecasts rain and wind to continue affecting North Sumatra province on Monday, December 30, through Tuesday, December 31. Associated flooding, landslides, transportation and business disruptions are anticipated, as well as disruptions to power and communication services, in the coming hours and days.
Individuals in the affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports, avoid areas directly affected by flooding, confirm road conditions before setting out, anticipate transportation and business disruptions, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities. Avoid walking or driving through floodwaters; 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult.