Indonesia – Deadly Floods and Landslides Hit Java and Sumatra

Flooding and landslides have affected several provinces in Indonesia after a period of heavy rain that began around 26 November, 2018. At least 11 people have died and 2 are missing.

Heavy rain, floods and landslides have affected several provinces in Indonesia since late November, 2018. Photo: BNPB


Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management (BNPB) reported major flooding in Semarang, Central Java, from 03 December. Images on Social Media showed flood water racing through the city’s streets.

According to ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management (AHA Centre) flooding in Bangorejo and Pesanggaran in East Java has affected over 650 people since 28 November. AHA Centre also reported flooding in Bandung and Tasikmalaya in West Java from 26 November, affecting around 500 people.

BNPB reported that 4 people died in a landslide in Purwakarta Regency in West Java on 27 November. The landslide was triggered by heavy rain. Five people were injured and 3 houses damaged.


Meanwhile local media are reporting that at least 7 people have died after heavy rain triggered a landslide in Daulu village of Karo District, North Sumatra, on 02 December, 2018.

Earlier, two children were swept away by flash flooding on 29 November in South Angkola district, South Tapanuli regency, North Sumatra province. Several buildings were also damaged in the flooding. Emergency teams are still searching for the missing children.

Also on the island of Sumatra, a flash flood, triggered by heavy rains swept through three villages in Southeast Aceh district in Aceh province on 30 November, 2018, destroying 20 houses and a mosque, according to Antara News Agency.

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