Indonesia – Rain Triggers Deadly Floods and Landslides in Pangandaran, West Java

Indonesia’s National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) reports that floods and landslides claimed two lives in Pangandaran Regency, West Java on 27 October 2020.

Floods and landslides struck in Pangandaran Regency, West Java on 27 October 2020. Photo: BNPB

Initial assessments suggest at least 111 houses were flooded, affecting 311 people in in six villages in the sub-districts of Padaheran, Langkaplancar, Sidamulih and Parigi.

Two people died when a landslide buried at least 1 house. BNPB said the floods and landslides occurred due to a high rainfall intensity and an unstable soil structure.

Indonesia’s meteorological agency BMKG reports that Tunggul Wulung Airport in Cilacap in Central Java, about 40km east of Pangandaran, recorded 107.7mm of rain in 24 hours to 27 October 2020.

Rainfall in Indonesia, 26 to 27 October 2020. Image: BMKG

The disaster in Pangandaran follows a string of floods and landslides across West Java throughout October, including in Cianjur and Bogor in early October, Sukabumi Regency on 15 October, and the cities of Depok and Bekasi on 24 October.