Indonesia – Deadly Floods in West Sumatra and West Java

At least 4 people have died in floods and landslides in two provinces of Indonesia over the last few days.

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) in Indonesia has reported that at least two people have died during floods that hit areas around Padang, West Sumatra.

Heavy rain from around from 01 November, 2018, led to rivers breaking their banks. BNPB spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said that flooding has inundated around 1,400 houses in the districts of Pauh, Lubuk Kilangan, Lubuk Begalung and Koto Tangah. Three homes have been completely destroyed and 2 bridges severely damaged or destroyed.

Floods in West Sumatra, Indonesia, November 2018. Photo: BNPB

Heavy rain has also caused flooding and landslides in West Java province. BNPB said that flooding hit the districts of Cipatujah and Karangnunggal on 05 to 06 November. Flood water as deep as 1.8 metres was reported in some areas.

Two people have died and around 50 families affected. The Pesanggrahan River has overflowed, roads have been blocked and bridges damaged, leaving some communities cut off.

Indonesia meteorological agency BMKG reported that 231 mm of rain fell in 24 hours to 06 November in Pacitan Regency, East Java.

Rainfall in Indonesia, 05 to 06 November 2018. Image from BMKG

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