Indonesia – 6,000 Displaced by Floods in West Java

Over 6,000 people have been displaced by flooding in West Java Province, Indonesia.

Indonesia’s national disaster agency (BNPD) said yesterday that flooding has affected 12 villages in five districts in Karawang Regency, West Java Province since Sunday 13 November, 2016.

A total of 19 669 people (9314 families) have been affected by the floods, with 6,373 people (893 families) forced from their homes.

Among the worst hit districts are Pakisjaya, where 2,440 people have been displaced and East Telukjambe, where 3,273 are displaced. The districts of West Karawang, Batujaya, West Telukjambe have also been affected.

Flooding has damaged 5,776 homes, along with 4 schools, 12 mosques and 133 hectares of rice fields.

Further evacuations are underway, with operations being carried out by soldiers, police, personnel from local search and rescue offices, as well as local disaster agencies.

BNPD said that the Karawang floods were caused by the overflow of Citarum River and its tributaries.

As of yesterday, the BNPD reported that there were no signs of the flood waters receding, which in some areas are up to 3 metres deep.

Bandung

Parts of Bandung, West Java, were also flooded from 13 November. Flooding was reported in at least 20 areas of the city. Streets were turned to rivers, roads were blocked and the railway station inundated. However no casualties have been reported and the flood water has since started to recede.

This is the second time in around the last few weeks that the city has been under water. As much as 77 mm of rain fell in the city in just 1.5 hours around midday on 24 October. The flooding damaged houses, swept away cars and left some streets under 2 metres of water. At least one person died in the flooding.

Rainfall

Some heavy rain has been falling in nearby Riau Islands. However figures for Karawang Regency and Bandung are as yet unavailable.

WMO figures for 24 hour period 14 to 15 November, 2016.

  • Batam, Riau Islands – 60 mm
  • Tanjung Pinang, Bintan, Riau Islands – 96 mm

Flood Summary

Last updated: November 16, 2016
Event
Karawang and Bandung, West Java, Indonesia, November 2016
Date
November 12, 2016
Type
Inland flood, River flood
Cause
Extreme rainfall

Locations

A - Bandung
B - Pakisjaya
C - East Telukjambe
D - West Karawang
E - Batujaya
F - West Telukjambe

Magnitude

River level
Overflowing
Citarum River in Karawang - November 12 to November 16, 2016

Damages

Affected
19,669
Karawang - November 12, 2016
Evacuated
6,373
Karawang - November 12, 2016
Buildings damaged
5,776
Karawang - November 12, 2016