Indonesia – 5 Major Flood Incidents During First Days of July

The first 8 days of July have at least 5 major incidents of flooding in Indonesia following heavy rain unusual for this time of year.

The most recent of the flooding occurred in Sanggau District, West Kalimantan on 08 July. Authorities report that 2,690 people were affected, after flood water up to 1.5 metres deep inundated around 700 homes.

Heavy rain has affected wide areas of the province from 07 to 11 July. Ketapang recorded 89.6mm of rain in 24 hours to 07 July, according to figures from Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysical Agency (BMKG). Paloh in Sambas Regency recorded 155mm of rain on 10 July and Sintang, Sintang Regency, 117 mm the following day.

On 06 July flooding struck in Wajo Regency in South Sulawesi Province. According to the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management (AHA Centre), 719 homes were damaged, affecting 2,938 people. Kendari in Southeast Sulawesi Province recorded 89mm of rain in 24 hours to 06 July.

Two days earlier flooding affected 1,190 people in the Sula Islands Regency, North Maluku Province. Damage to homes forced 240 people to evacuate.

On 03 July heavy rain triggered flooding and landslides in two regencies of Gorontalo Province. AHA Centre reported 2,991 people affected by flooding in 4 districts of Boalemo Regency. Around 90 homes were damaged.

Meanwhile in Bone Bolango regency, flooding and landslides on 03 July displaced 1,321 people. Lalos in Toli-Toli Regency recorded 70mm of rain in 24 hours to 04 July and Djalaludin 42mm.