Indonesia – Floods Leave Hundreds Stranded in Padang – 1 Dead After Floods in Magelang

Floods in the city of Padang and Padang Regency in West Sumatra have left hundreds of people stranded, according to Indonesia’s Disaster Management Agency (BNPB).

Meanwhile, floods in Magelang Regency in Central Java have left at least 1 person dead and several injured.

Padang, West Sumatra

As much as 370 mm of rain was recorded in Padang in 24 hours between 21 and 22 March 2016. The heavy rain resulted in the Batang Arau river overflowing.

Three districts – Koto Tangah, Padang Utara and Padang Selatan – have been severely affected by floods. BNPB say that as many as 9 villages are under water up to 1 metre deep.

There have been no reports of casualties, although houses, schools and a bridge have been damaged.

Teams from emergency agencies are carrying out evacuations using inflatable boats. However, BNPB says that given the wide areas flooded, not all flood victims could be reached and estimate that there are hundreds who are trapped and not been evacuated, particularly in Koto Tangah district.

Floods in Padang, Indonesia, March 2016. Photo: BNPB
Floods in Padang, Indonesia, March 2016. Photo: BNPB

Magelang Regency, Central Java

BNPB also report that heavy rain on Mount Merapi and Merbabu, Central Java, caused flash floods several small villages in the Sawangan district of Magelang Regency.

On person has died and 3 were injured. A bridge in the area was severely damaged due to the impact of flash floods.

Indonesia authorities also report that the overflowing Cimanuk River caused floods in Garut Regency, West Java on 19 March, damaging at least 14 houses.

Floods in Magelang, Indonesia, March 2016. Photo: BNPB
Floods in Magelang, Indonesia, March 2016. Photo: BNPB
Floods in Magelang, Indonesia, March 2016. Photo: BNPB
Floods in Magelang, Indonesia, March 2016. Photo: BNPB

Flood Summary

Last updated: July 15, 2016
Event
West Sumatra Province, Indonesia, March 2016
Date
March 22 to March 25, 2016
Type
Inland flood, River flood
Cause
Extreme rainfall
Prolonged heavy rains caused flooding in some areas of the city of Padang and Padang Regency, West Sumatra on Tuesday 22 March 2016. Evacuations were carried out in the districts of Koto Tangah, Padang Selatan and Padang Utara.

Locations

A - Padang Pariaman Regency
B - Padang city

Magnitude

Rainfall level
370 mm in 24 hours
Padang - March 21 to March 22, 2016
River level
Overflowing
Arau River, Padang - March 22, 2016