Indonesia – 100,000 Evacuate Floods in West Nusa Tenggara

Parts of West Nusa Tenggara province, Indonesia, were hit by two floods in the space of a few days, forcing over 100,000 people from their homes.

The floods hit on 21 December and again on 23 December. According to Indonesia’s disaster management agency, BNPB, thousands of homes were damaged and streets were left under flood water between 1 and 3 metres deep.

BNPB reported that 104,378 people were displaced, with floods affecting 33 villages in the 5 districts of East Rasanae (3,581 displaced), Mpuda (29,553), Raba (19,705), Rasanae West (32,892) and Asakota (18,648).

Offices and schools were closed, and transport and power supplies severely disrupted. BNPB reported that some medical facilities and supplies in the area had suffered flood damage.

By late 24 December the flood water had started to recede and many of those displaced began to return home. As of 25 December, there were just over 6,000 people staying in 19 emergency centres. Local media, quoting disaster management officials, said that, in the wake of the floods, around 900 people were now suffering from respiratory illnesses, skin rashes and diarrhoea.

Disaster management officials are working in the area, alongside police, government agencies and volunteers, to help those affected by the floods. Food and medical supplies have been distributed. Earlier today BNPB reported that 15 field kitchens had been set up and were distributing over 20,000 hot meals each day. However, BNPB reported that there is an urgent need for other supplies such as clothing and bedding. An emergency period has been declared for 14 days until 04 January 2017.

Floods in Bima, December 2016. Photo: DMC Dompet Dhuafa
Bima flood damage. Photo: BNPB

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Flood summary

Last updated: January 2, 2017
Event
West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia, December 2016
Date
December 21 to December 26, 2016
Type
River flood
Cause
Long-term rainfall

Locations

A - East Rasanae
B - Mpuda
C - Raba
D - Rasanae West
E - Asakota

Magnitude

River level
Overflowed
Paruga River, Bima - December 23 to December 25, 2016

Damages

Evacuated
100,000
Bima - December 21 to December 27, 2016
Buildings destroyed
593 buildings
December 21 to December 29, 2016