Indonesia – Heavy Rain Triggers Flooding in Central Java and West Sumatra

Heavy rain continues to cause problems in parts of Indonesia, with flooding reported in Central Java and West Sumatra provinces.

Floods in Blora Regency, Indonesia, January 2020. Photo: BNPB

Heavy rain from 16 January caused a river to break its banks in Cepu, Blora regency in the northeastern part of Central Java province.

According to Indonesia’s disaster management agency Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana (BNPB), around 70 homes were damaged, with flood water reaching as high a 1 metre.

Meanwhile in West Sumatra, heavy rain caused flooding and landslides in Tanah Datar Regency on 17 January, 2020.

In total around 20 buildings were flooded, including homes, businesses and schools and around 40 people were evacuated. Power supply has been interrupted in affected areas.

On 19 January 9 people died after floods caused a bridge collapsed in Kaur Regency in the western Bengkulu Province.