Indonesia – Heavy Rain Triggers Floods and Deadly Landslides in West Sumatra

Seven people have died after heavy rain caused landslides and flooding in Pariaman Regency, West Sumatra Province, Indonesia.

Rescuers search through landslide debris in Padang Pariaman Regency, Indonesia, September 20201. Photo: BPBD Padang Pariaman Regency

Severe weather including strong winds and heavy rain struck on 29 September 2021. An eight victim died as a result of wind damage.

The heavy rain caused at least 9 landslides in the area, according to disaster officials, with the most severe reported in Lubuk Alung district. Seven people died, 5 were injured and 280 families were affected.

Flooding also affected the area, with flood waters up 2 metres deep reported. A total of 338 houses were damaged, with 12 severely damaged or destroyed. Wide areas of crops and dozens of vehicles were also damaged.