Indonesia Floods and Landslides – 4 Dead in Sulawesi, Death Toll Rises in Central Java

Further floods and landslides in Indonesia, this time in North Sulawesi, have left at least 4 people dead, 1 missing and around 40 houses destroyed.

The disaster in North Sulawesi comes just a few days after a wave of deadly floods and landslides struck in Central Java Province. The latest figures from Indonesia’s disaster management agency say that as many as 47 people have now been confirmed dead, with 15 still missing.

North Sulawesi Province

Indonesia’s National Disaster Management Authority (Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana – BNPB) say that heavy rain, storms and high waves caused floods and landslide in several areas of North Sulawesi province on Tuesday 21 June 2016.

BNPD say that the affected worst areas include Manado, Tomohon, Minahasa Selatan, Kepulauan Sitaro, Kepulauan Sangihe and Sangihe Islands Regency, where at least 3 of the deaths occurred.

The severe weather has caused transport problems and downed power lines, making full damage assessments impossible for the time being.

According to WMO figures, 97mm of rain in 24 hours was recorded in Menado, North Sulawesi to 21 June 2016.

Central Java

The number of casualties in the Central Java Province floods and landslides has increase to 47 after 4 more bodies were found in Purworejo.  Around 15 people are thought to be still missing.

BNPD say that a search and rescue team of around 250 personnel from military, police, NGOs, community volunteers and BNPD continues to look for missing casualties buried by landslides in areas around Donorati, Purworejo, Central Java Province. A similar search and rescue team is working in Karangrejo, Loano.

Access roads that were previously impassable are now fixed, and heavy equipment to help search for survivors has been deployed. Unstable soil conditions and the potential for landslides aftershocks are still a high risk, particularly if further rain falls.