Indonesia – 2 Dead After Floods and Landslides in 5 Provinces

Disaster management authorities in Indonesia report at least 2 people died and hundreds of homes were damaged by floods and landslides across 5 provinces in the first week of August.

A was heavily damaged by a landslide that occurred in Kelimutu District, Ende Regency, East Nusa Tenggara Province, 01 August 2021. Photo: BPBD Ende Regency

South Sulawesi Province

Heavy rainfall in South Sulawesi Province in early August caused several rivers to overflow in North Luwu Regency. On 03 August the Masamba river broke its banks, flooding areas of Masamba district, affecting about 750 residents and inundating 150 homes.

A few days later, further heavy rain caused the Uraso and Lampuawa rivers to overflow on 06 August, damaging around 100 homes and affecting 500 residents of Bone Bone and South Sumakaju districts. Flood water was 60cm deep in some areas.

North Kalimantan Province

Heavy rainfall triggered a landslide in Central Tarakan District, North Kalimantan on 05 August 2021, burying a house in Selengkung Village. One person died in the incident, Indonesia’s National Board for Disaster Management (BNPB) reported.

East Nusa Tenggara Province

One person died after being swept away by floods in Lio Timur District, Ende Regency, East Nusa Tenggara Province on 01 August, 2021. Flooding continued in the area over the next 2 days, prompting evacuations, BNPB reported.

Heavy rainfall also caused landslides in two locations of Kelimutu District, Ende Regency. Three houses and a school were severely damaged.

Banten Province

Around 20 people were displaced and 41 homes damaged by floods in Serang Regency in Banten Province on 01 August after the overflow of a local river. Flood waters were up to 1.3 metres deep in some areas.

Further flooding affected the province on 05 August, when over 100 homes were damaged by floods in the Cilegon City area.

West Java Province

A long period of heavy rain on 01 August caused flooding in Rawa Panjang and Pabuaran in Bogor Regency of West Java Province. A total of 190 people were affected and 69 homes damaged.