Indonesia – Deadly Floods and Landslides in Java and Sulawesi Islands

At least 9 people have died in floods and landslides in Indonesia over the last few days, according to reports from local authorities and the United Nations (UN).

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said six people died in Serang City in the province of Banten on the island of Java after they were swept away or electrocuted.

Flooding began in Banten Province after days of heavy rainfall since the start of the month. Indonesia’s meteorological agency BMKG reported 180.4 mm of rain fell in Serang in 24 hours to 01 March 2022.

Rainfall in Indonesia 28 February to 01 March 2022. Image: BMKG

Along with Serang City, flooding was reported in Pandeglang District, Serang District and Cilegon City. At its peak on 4 March, floodwaters inundated 4,495 houses and directly affected over 10,000 people. As of 07 March the floodwaters have largely receded but there is still a threat of further heavy rain.

Also on Java Island, flooding occurred in Cirebon Regency, West Java Province, late on 05 March 2022, affecting around 10,000 people from 3,364 households. Flooding damaged 2,433 houses, 9 places of worship, 2 government offices and 8 educational facilities. A 500 metre stretch of road was also damaged.

Flooding and landslides have affected parts of Malang Regency in East Java Province. Around 75 homes were damaged, 300 people were affected and one died. Also in East Java, severe flooding affected around 7,500 residents of Pasuruan City and Regency on 08 March.

Elsewhere in the country, severe flooding and landslides struck in Manado City in North Sulawesi Province after heavy rain on 3 March. Two people died and and at least 155 households were affected.