Indonesia – Deadly Floods and Landslides in Central Java and West Sumatra

Two landslides have left at least 9 people dead and 4 missing in Indonesia after four days of heavy rain. The rain has also caused flooding that has forced 4,000 people from their homes.

Central Java

Heavy rain triggered a landslide in the village of Penungkulan, Gebang, Purworejo Regency in Central Java Province on Friday 05 February 2016.

According to Indonesia’s Nasional Disaster Management Authority (Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana – BNPB) the landslide buried 3 houses. At least 5 people have been killed and a further two are still missing. BNPB say that 250 search and rescue personnel are working in the area searching for the missing.

Penungkulan landslide. Photo: BNPB
Penungkulan landslide. Photo: BNPB
Penungkulan landslide. Photo: BNPB
Penungkulan landslide. Photo: BNPB

BNPD complained that access to the disaster site is limed not only as a result of the small road and severe weather, but also as a result of “disaster tourism”. BNPD said that local people from neighbouring villages came to watch the affected area of the landslide causing traffic jams and blocking access for the rescue teams.

At least 3 other villages in Purworejo Regency – Rowobayen, Kutoarjo and Pucangagung – have been inundated by floods after the recent heavy rain. At least 75 people had to be evacuated, according to BNPD, who also say that flood water is up to 1 metre deep in the affected villages.

Some homes have also been flooded in Sragen Regency.

West Sumatra Province

Heavy rain that began on Friday 05 February have caused deadly landslides and floods in the province of West Sumatra, Indonesia.

Landslides in Solok district have left at least four people dead and two more missing.

Current estimates from local disaster manage officials say that floods have forced around 4,000 to evacuate their homes and taken shelter on higher ground. The affected areas include Solok city and the districts of Solok Selatan, Limapuluh Kota, Kabupaten 50 Kota and Agam. The floods have destroyed a bridge and damaged roads, making some impassable.

Riau and Jambi

Floods have destroyed a bridge in Rokan Hulu Regency, according to a BNPB spokesperson.

Floods have destroyed a bridge in neighbouring Riau province. Photo: BNPB
Floods have destroyed a bridge in neighbouring Riau province. Photo: BNPB, 06 February 2016

Floods have also been reported in Bungo Regency in Jambi Province, although no further details were available.

Floods in Bungo Regency in Jambi Province, 06 February 2016. Photo: BNPB
Floods in Bungo Regency in Jambi Province, 06 February 2016. Photo: BNPB

Rainfall

Below are recent rainfall totals for a 24 hour period in Indonesia.

07 to 08 February
Singkep / Dabo – 135 mm
Tanjung Selor (North Kalimantan) – 92.1 mm
Pangkalan Bun (Central Kalimantan) – 92 mm
Nabire (Papua province) – 93 mm

06 to 07 February
Batan, Sumatra – 126 mm
Poso (Central Sulawesi) – 85 mm

05 to 06 February
Paloh, Aceh Province – 114 mm
Merauke (Papua province) – 107 mm

04 to 05 February
Nabire (Papua province) – 94.0 mm