Indonesia – Thousands Affected by Floods in Sumatra Island and West Nusa Tenggara Province

Flooding affected different parts of Indonesia after heavy rainfall during a period 08 to 11 November 2020.

Floods in West Sumbawa Regency, West Nusa Tenggara Province. Photo: BNPB

Three people were injured, 485 affected and 97 buildings damaged after severe weather including heavy rain, floods and strong winds struck Sumbawa Regency in West Nusa Tenggara Province on 09 November. Strong winds also affected Bondowoso Regency.

Elsewhere in the province, flooding struck West Sumbawa and West Lombok regencies on 11 November, affecting 504 people and damaging 102 homes.

Meanwhile flooding in the provinces of Jambi, West Sumatra and Riau on Sumatra Island has affected almost 3,000 people.

On 08 November, flooding in the city of Sungai Penuh in Jambi province damaged 150 homes and affected 1250 people.

On 09 November the Batang Pangian and Batang Gringging Rivers broke their banks flooding parts of South Solok Regency, West Sumatra Province. Around 114 homes were damaged and 850 people affected.

Also on Sumatra Island, local media reported that floods hit Indragiri Hulu Regency in Riau after heavy rain caused the Batang Cenaku River to break its banks on 10 November. Around 400 homes were flooded in total, some of them severely, forcing at least 200 families to evacuate.

Japura in Indragiri Hulu Regency recorded 82.7mm of rain in 24 hours to 10 November 2020, according to Indonesia’s meteorological agency BMKG. Padang in West Sumatra recorded 87 mm of rain during the same period.

Rainfall in Indonesia 10 to 11 November 2020., showing heavier rainfall on the island of Sumatra (darker shades). Image: BMKG

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