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Dozens of Alligators on the Loose in N. Sumatra due to Floods

December 03, 2015

Floods and landslides that occured in the district of West Siantar, Pematangsiantar, North Sumatra, before dawn did not only leave two people dead and dozens more injured. Floods also led to dozens of alligators belong Animal Park Pematangsiantar broken off because of the crocodile pond floods, Wednesday, December 2, 2015.

According to the Head of Public Relations of North Sumatra Regional Police Commissioner Helfi Assegaf, 18 crocodiles escaped from the pool and were wandering. But the officers immediately captured and returned the dangerous animals into the cage.

Heavy rain which flushed Pematangsiantar from 17:00 until 22:30 last night triggered the disaster. Floods killed two West Siantar residents named Julianarti, 52 years old, resident of Jl. Rajawali, Simarito of West Siantar, and Nursiem, 80 years old, resident of Jl. Serdang, Siantar West Village.

“The victim, Julianarti, died as she was dragged by the materials of the landslide from the back of her house. Nursiem died since she was dragged by the water broke through from the back of her house, so that her body dragged up to 15 meters of water,” said Helfi.

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