Indonesia – at Least 3 Dead, 2 Missing After Floods and Landslides in 3 Provinces

Heavy rain triggered landslides and flooding in 3 provinces of Indonesia – South Sulawesi, East Kalimantan and West Sumatra – over the weekend 04 to 05 April, 2020. Disaster authorities report at least 3 fatalities with 2 people missing. Meanwhile around 40 people were evacuated from their flooded homes by emergency rescue teams in Johor, Malaysia.

Floods in Batu Sopang, Paser Regency, East Kalimantan, Indonesia. Photo: Paser Regency BPBD

South Sulawesi

Disaster authorities in Indonesia reported at least 3 people died in a landslide disaster in South Makale District, Tana Toraja Regency, South Sulawesi on 04 April 2020. Homes were damaged or destroyed and at least 20 households were evacuated. Road connections have been cut. Local media also reported flooding and one fatality in Rantetayo district.

In similar circumstances, heavy rain triggered 2 landslides in Rembon district of Tana Toraja, South Sulawesi, on 26 March 2020, destroying 2 houses and killing one person, as reported here.

East Kalimantan

Flooding in Batu Sopang district in Paser Regency, East Kalimantan, Indonesia, from 04 April affected 2,258 people in 4 villages. According to the Paser Regency Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) report, the flood occurred after the Kandilo river broke its banks after heavy rainfall. Flood water reached a height of 150cm in some areas.

West Sumatra

Heavy rain triggered a landslide in South Batipuh, Tanah Datar Regency, West Sumatra, Indonesia, on 05 April, 2020. Initial assessments show 2 people are missing and several buildings, including 2 houses, damaged or destroyed.


Bernama news agency in Malaysia reports that at least 40 people were evacuated from their homes in Kempas, a suburb of Johor Bahru, capital of the Malaysian state of Johor, on 05 April. several houses were flooded with water almost 1 metre deep. Johor Fire and Rescue Department (JBPM) were called on to help with rescues and evacuations.