Indonesia – Homes Destroyed, 7 Dead After Floods and Landslides in Sulawesi, Borneo and Sumatra

At least 7 people have died in Indonesia after a period of heavy rain from 11 May caused landslides and floods in several provinces on the islands of Sulawesi, Borneo and Sumatra.

Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management (BNPB) spokesman, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, said that a landslide in East Luwu in South Sulawesi (Sulawesi island) on 12 May 2017 left 7 dead, several wounded and 14 houses destroyed.

A landslide in Kranggan, Setu District, South Tangerang near Jakarta on 15 May destroyed in 5 houses, damaged 26 and displaced 153 people according to Indonesia’s Disaster Management Centre (DMC).

DMC also reported that around 35,000 people have been affected by floods in West Kutai regency of East Kalimantan Province on Borneo island. As of 15 May, almost 5,000 homes had been inundated.

Flash floods were also reported in Nunukan District, North Kalimantan Province from 15 May. No figures regarding numbers affected are currently available.

The heavy rain resulted in flooding in Asahan Regency of North Sumatra on 12 May. Timely evacuations carried out by the local disaster management agency prevented any fatalities or injuries. BNPB reported that over 30 villages and towns have been affected by the floods.


According to Indonesia’s met service BMKG, Kendari, capital of the Southeast Sulawesi province, recorded 206 mm of rain in 24 hours between 11 and 12 May.

A further 113 mm fell rain between 13 and 14 May and 59 mm the next day (14 to 15 May).

West Tarakan, Tarakan City, North Kalimantan, recorded 72 mm in 24 hours between 13 to 14 May.

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Flood Summary

Last updated: May 17, 2017
Sulawesi, Borneo and Sumatra, Indonesia, May 2017
May 12, 2017
Flash flood, Landslide
Extreme rainfall, Long-term rainfall


A - East Luwu
B - Kranggan, Setu District
C - West Kutai
D - Nunukan
E - Asahan


Rainfall level
206 mm in 24 hours
Kendari - May 11 to May 12, 2017
Rainfall level
113 mm in 24 hours
Kendari - May 13 to May 14, 2017
Rainfall level
59 mm in 24 hours
May 14 to May 15, 2017
Rainfall level
72 mm in 24 hours
West Tarakan, Tarakan City, North Kalimantan - May 13 to May 14, 2017


7 people
East Luwu in South Sulawesi - May 12 to May 15, 2017
West Kutai regency, East Kalimantan - May 12 to May 17, 2017