Indonesia – 1000s Displaced by Floods in Java and Lombok

Floods in two provinces of Indonesia have forced several thousand people from their homes over the last 3 days.

West Nusa Tenggara

West Lombok regency has been the worst affected area in the province of West Nusa Tenggara where a river overflowed after 2 days of heavy rain. Three people have been reported injured in the floods.

The latest figures from local National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) officials say that 1,229 families have been displaced by floods in at least 5 communities in Kediri district in West Lombok regency.

Floodwater is said to have reached 1.5 meters in some places. Eight houses have been damaged or destroyed and 100 hectares of rice fields inundated.

Central Java

There have also been reports of some flooding in Grobogan regency in the southwestern part of the Central Java province. Affected areas include Mlangi, Kendalsari, Tajemsari and Karangpasar.

Flood water is reported to be between 50 cm and 150 cm in some areas. Around 3,000 people have moved from their homes temporarily in order to avoid the floods, according to BNPB officials, who also said that 163 hectares of rice fields have been damaged in the floods.

Floods in Grobogan Regency, Central Java, Indonesia, May 2015. Photo: BNPD
Floods in Grobogan Regency, Central Java, Indonesia, May 2015. Photo: BNPD
Floods in Grobogan Regency, Central Java, Indonesia, May 2015. Photo: BNPD
Floods in Grobogan Regency, Central Java, Indonesia, May 2015. Photo: BNPD
Floods in Grobogan Regency, Central Java, Indonesia, May 2015. Photo: BNPD
Floods in Grobogan Regency, Central Java, Indonesia, May 2015. Photo: BNPD