Indonesia – Heavy Rain, Floods and Landslides Hit 4 Provinces

Disaster authorities in Indonesia report that at least 2 people have died and hundreds of homes damaged after flooding and landslides in 4 provinces of the country.

Floods in Cirebon Regency, West Java, Indonesia 16 February, 2020. Photo: BNPB

Indonesia’s National Board for Disaster Management (BNPB), said 1 person died, one is still missing and two were injured after heavy rain caused a landslide in Pasaman Regency in West Sumatra Province on 16 February.

Heavy rain has affected other parts of the province, causing flooding in Solok Regency on 17 February, where over 1,250 people from 320 families have been affected.

Also in western Indonesia, the overflowing Cisanggarung River has caused damage to 1,120 houses in Cirebon Regency in West Java Province on 16 February. BNPB said that 15 people have been displaced.

Elsewhere in West Java, thousands of people have been affected once again by flooding in Bandung Regency. The recent flooding struck on 18 February, damaging homes in Baleendah, Bojongsoang and Dayeuhkolot districts, among others. Over 400 people have been displaced.  Around 18,000 people were affected by flooding in Bandung during late January this year.

Further south, 30 homes were damaged in flooding in Sumbawa Regency in West Nusa Tenggara Province on 17 February.

Heavy rain has also fallen on the island of Borneo, where over 400 people were affected by flooding in Penajam district, North Penajam Paser Regency in East Kalimantan province on 18 February.

Flood water was up to 1.9 metres deep in some areas but quickly started to recede, according to BNPB.