At least 16 districts in Indonesia’s Central Java Province were affected by floods and landslides after a period of heavy rain between 17 and 18 June, 2016.
Disaster management officials in Indonesia said earlier today that at least 43 people have died, 19 are missing and around 14 people have been injured. Most of the victims have died in landslides, others have been swept away by floodwater.
The worst affected areas include Purworejo, Banjarnegara, Kebumen, Sukoharjo, Bahyumas and Rembang, all in Central Java Province.
At least 5 landslides were reported in Purworejo Regency, leaving over 19 dead and 15 missing as of 19 June.
The National Disaster Management Authority (Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana – BNPB) says that search for the missing victims is still being conducted by joint search and rescue teams. As of 19 June, access to the landslide sites was difficult after roads had been blocked by landslide debris. Delivery of heavy equipment for search and excavation had not been possible.
BNPB officials said earlier today that, although the flood water has receded, some communities are still at risk of landslides and may need to be relocated. A spokesman added that the needs of affected communities are being met and that families of the victims will receive compensation.