Indonesia – 9 Dead After Floods and Landslides in 3 Provinces

Heavy rain caused flooding and landslides in several provinces of Indonesia, including Riau, East Java and Bali, leaving at least 9 people dead. Damaging floods were also reported in West Sumatra.

Flood damage Bukittinggi, West Sumatra, Indonesia, December 2018. Photo: BNPB

National Board for Disaster Management (Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana – BNPB) said that 4 people died and 236 people were displaced after a landslide struck in Kebonagung, Pacitan Regency, East Java on 05 December, 2018. A river also overflowed in the area, flooding 3 villages.

Heavy rain during the following days caused a landslide in Gianyar regency, Bali, on 08 December, 2018, where at least 4 people died. In Riau Province, 1 person was swept away by flash flooding in Kampar District on 11 December, 2018.

Flooding in West Sumatra on 10 December destroyed a bridge in Bukittinggi. No fatalities were reported, however.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for BNPB said that between 01 January and 10 December 2018, there were 2,374 disaster events across the country. As many as 4,211 people are dead or missing, almost 7,000 injured and 9.95 million people displaced or affected.

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