Indonesia – Deadly Flash Floods in Yogyakarta

At least 10 students have died in flash flooding on the island of Java, Indonesia.

The tragedy occurred when a high school group of 249 students were trekking along the Sembor River in Donokerto village, Turi district, Sleman Regency, in Indonesia’s Special Region of Yogyakarta.

Sudden flash flooding along the river swept away several members of the trekking group on 21 February. Authorities said 239 students were rescued, with 23 of them treated for injuries.

Flooding has affected areas of Java Island over the last few days. As many as 115,000 people were in affected Bandung Regency in West Java on 18 February. Four people died in a landslide in Ciawi District, Bogor Regency, West Java, on 20 February.

More recently heavy rain on 22 February caused flooding in Probolinggo District, East Java Province, after the Gending River broke its banks.

On 23 February, BNPB reported some flooding in East Jakarta after the Ciliwung, Sunter and Kali Mati rivers overflowed. Over 750 people were evacuated. Indonesia’s meteorological agency, BMKG, said that Pulogadung in East Jakarta recorded 241 mm of rain in 24 hours on 23 February.

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