Indonesia – Thousands Displaced as Floods and Landslides Kill at Least 30

Flooding and landslides triggered by heavy rain have left over 30 people dead, 13 missing and thousands displaced in the Jakarta Region and Bengkulu and Lampung Provinces of Indonesia.


Days of heavy rainfall caused flooding along the Ciliwung River in the Jakarta area from 25 April, 2019. As of 26 April, Indonesia’s National Board for Disaster Management (BNPB) reported 32 flood- affected areas in South Jakarta and East Jakarta, with flood water as deep as 2.5 metres in some areas. At least 2 people have died and, as of 26 April, 2,258 people had been displaced in 12 locations. This figure has since dropped to under 1,000 as the flood waters recede.

Bengkulu Province

Heavy rainfall from 26 April caused major flooding and landslides in Bengkulu Province in the southwest coast of Sumatra Island.

According to BNPB’s latest report, 29 people have died, 13 people are missing and 2 people seriously injured.

At least 9 districts have been affected: Bengkulu city, Kaur, North Bengkulu, Central Bengkulu, South Bengkulu, Seluma, Kapahiang, Lebong and Rejang Lebong. Among the worst affected areas if Central Bengkulu, where 22 people have died and 10 are missing.

BNPB reports that 12,000 people have been displaced. Flooding and landslides have caused damage to livestock, 184 houses, 7 schools, as well as dozens of roads and several bridges.

Lampung Province

Deadly landslides also occurred in Lampung Province. According to BNPB spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, 6 people died in a landslide triggered by heavy rain in West Pesisir Regency on 27 April.

West Kalimantan

Meanwhile parts of West Kalimantan Province have also seen heavy rain over the last few days, increasing the likelihood of flooding and landslides. Ketapang recorded 160 mm of rain in 24 hours to 28 April, 2019, according to Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysical Agency (BMKG).

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