Indonesia – 43 Killed in Floods and Landslides Since Start of Year

Indonesia’s Nasional Disaster Management Authority (Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana – BNPB) says that the influence of El Niño delayed the start of this year’s rainy season. January would normally see the peak of the rainy season, but this year the worst may yet be still to come.

Despite the later onset of the rains, BNPB report that between 01 January and 12 February, there have been floods, landslides, and tornadoes in 290 districts or cities in Indonesia.

The severe weather events have left 45 people dead, 48 injured, nearly one million displaced, and thousands of homes destroyed.

The list include 122 flood events across 23 of the country’s 34 provinces. Floods alone resulted in the deaths of at least 14 people and the destruction of 1,767 homes. As many as 65 landslides have been recorded since between 01 January and 12 February, leaving 29 people dead.

In the first few weeks of February, major floods and landslides have been reported in the provinces of Central Java, West Sumatra, Bangka Belitung, Riau and Jambi.

Landslides hit Central Java Province on 05 February, leaving at least 9 dead. Flooding was also reported in West Sumatra at that time, then later in Bangka Belitung, Riau and Jambi.

See a list of reports on all the recent floods in Indonesia here.

Floods in Riau Province, Indonesia, February 2016. Photo: Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana
Floods in Riau Province, Indonesia, February 2016. Photo: Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana