Indonesia – 6 Killed in Floods and Landslides in West Sumatra

At least 6 people have been killed, 2 seriously injured and thousands displaced due to floods and landslides in Indonesia‘s West Sumatra province.

According to the country’s disaster agency, four of the victims died in landslides and two as a result of flooding.

Heavy downpours from 03 March 2017 affected areas of Limapuluh Koto Regency, resulting in several rivers overflowing and as many as 13 landslides. Several vehicles were buried in the landslides and disaster officials have been searching affected areas. As of 04 March, 4 bodies had been found in the buried vehicles.

Flooding was reported in 7 districts in Limapuluh Koto Regency, with some areas under water up to 1.5 metres deep. Several rivers have overflowed in the area. The Sungai Batang Maek river burst its banks flooding parts of Pangkalan district. The swollen Batang Kapur river caused flooding in Kapur IX District and the Sinamar river in Lareh Sago Halaban. The overflowing Batang Harau river caused some flooding in the district of Harau.

Disaster officials say that hundreds of homes have been flooded with many families forced to evacuate, although exact figures aren’t available as yet. Many roads are still blocked by landslides and access is proving difficult.

The rain also caused power and communications outages, and over 100 electrical sub-stations were shut down. At one point almost 15,000 homes were left without electricity.

Landslide in West Sumatra, Indonesia, March 2017. Photo: BNPB
Landslide in West Sumatra, Indonesia, March 2017. Photo: BNPB

Flood Summary

Last updated: March 7, 2017
Event
West Sumatra, Indonesia, March 2017
Date
March 3 to March 7, 2017
Type
Landslide, River flood
Cause
Extreme rainfall

Locations

A - Pangkalan
B - Kapur IX
C - Lareh Sago Halaban
D - Harau

Magnitude

River level
Overflowing
Batang Maek river, Pangkalan - March 3 to March 7, 2017
River level
Overflowing
Batang Kapur rive, Kapur IX District - March 3 to March 7, 2017
River level
Overflowing
Sinamar river, Lareh Sago Halaban - March 3 to March 7, 2017
River level
Overflowing
Batang Harau river, Harau district - March 3 to March 7, 2017

Damages

Fatalities
6 people
Lima Puluh Kota Regency, West Sumatra, Indonesia - March 3 to March 7, 2017