Traffic barrier swept away by floods confuses drivers in Indonesia


A traffic barrier being swept away by floods confused drivers after heavy rain in Indonesia.

Footage shows the red plastic barricade floating in the gushing water in Bandung City, West Java Province on May 22.

Stranded commuter Alan Albana said motorists evaded the barrier that was initially placed by a traffic cop to mark a pothole on the road.

He said: ‘A traffic enforced placed that barrier to warn motorists but it was just carried away by the water. There were no accidents but the motorists had to evade it on the road.’

An officer from the National Disaster Management Agency said the flooding started on May 18 in West Java Province after several rivers overflowed and advised drivers and commuters to look for another route to avoid delays.

Indonesia and other countries in Southeast Asia such as Thailand, Malaysia and the Philippines are at the start of their tropical monsoon rainy season. Soaring temperatures reaching 35 degrees Celsius are often followed by powerful tropical storms with thunder, lightning, rain and flash floods.