Indonesia – Homes Damaged After Floods in East and West Java Provinces

Heavy rainfall triggered flash flooding and landslides in areas on the island of Java, Indonesia, from 01 October 2020. Hundreds of homes have been damaged and 4 people are thought to be missing.

West Java Province

According to Indonesia’s national news agency Antara, flooding struck Cianjur Regency, West Java Province on 02 October 2020 after heavy rain caused the Cisokan River to break its banks. Around 200 homes were damaged by flood waters which were 2 metres deep in some areas. The Cianjur Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) has set up emergency tents for 150 families who were forced to flee the floods in the sub-districts of Leles and Agrabinta. Four people were reportedly missing after being swept away by flood waters.

In Kuningan Regency, a landslide caused by heavy rain on unstable soil damaged 7 houses and affected 38 families or 105 people. The landslide struck on 03 October.

Meanwhile the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management (AHA Centre) reports that heavy rain caused the Pelayangan river to overflow in Bogor Regency, West Java Province on 02 October. Around 120 homes were damaged, affected 370 people.

East Java Province

In East Java Province, heavy rain triggered landslides in Lumajang Regency on 01 October, damaging around 40 homes and a 50 metre stretch of road. Over 200 people were affected.

Greater Jakarta

Flooding also struck in parts of the capital, Jakarta, from 05 October 2020.

The Jakarta Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) said a total of 56 neighbourhoods were affected in South, East and West Jakarta, with flood waters up to 1.5 metres deep in some areas. Around 250 people were displaced from their homes in South Jakarta.

Beji district in Depok, West Java, recorded 143 mm of rain in 24 hours to 05 October, according to figures from Indonesia’s meteorological agency BMKG.

Rainfall in the Greater Jakarta Area, 04 to 05 October 2020. Image: BMKG

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