Suka Makmue, Aceh () – Several hundred residents of the villages of Buluseuma and Persiapan Trans Cikala in Suro Sub-district, Aceh Singkil District, Aceh Province, got isolated on Thursday after the Bailey Bridge collapsed owing to flash floods on Wednesday.
“Currently, we are attempting to prepare an emergency access road for villagers, so they are able to resume daily activities,” Head of the Aceh Singkil Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) M. Ichsan stated here on Thursday.
Land transportation access for locals in remote areas got disrupted following the collapse of this 30-meter-long bridge, he stated, adding that flash floods were triggered by the Lae Sinendang River overflowing its banks following torrential rains over the past few days.
The flooding did not merely trigger the collapse of the Bailey bridge but also submerged certain parts of the Subulussalam City-Aceh Singkil road section, homes of villagers, and houses of worship, he stated.
Along with the local police and military personnel, local residents have striven to open an emergency access road to tackle the problem of isolation.
“Floodwaters have now begun to recede,” he added.
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