Indonesia – 7 Dead After Floods Cause Bridge to Collapse in Bengkulu Province

At least 7 people have died and 3 are missing after flash floods caused a bridge to collapse in Bengkulu Province, Indonesia.

The disaster occurred in Kaur Regency in the western Bengkulu Province, on 19 January 2020.

According to a report from the Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) of Kaur Regency, the disaster was caused by flash flooding triggered by heavy rainfall. Rain has been falling in the province for the last few days. Parts of Bengkulu City recorded over 150mm in a period from 18 to 20 January.

Seventeen people survived the incident. As of 20 January the search for missing persons was still ongoing, with teams from military, police, disaster agencies and local volunteers all involved.

Flash floods caused a bridge to collapse in Kaur regency, Bengkulu Province, Indonesia, on 19 January 2020. Photo: BNPB