Indonesia – Sumatra Floods and Landslides Leave 4 Dead and 15 Missing

Heavy rainfall triggered flooding and landslides over the last 2 days on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia.

Indonesia’s Disaster Risk Reduction National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) say that at least 18 people were buried in a landslide that struck on 02 December 2015 in North Bengkulu, Bengkulu Province.

BNPB’s latest report says that 2 bodies have been recovered from the landslide that is up to 5 metres deep in places. A further 15 people are still missing, and one person has been found alive but with serious injuries. All of the victims are thought to be workers from a gold mine in the area.

Search and rescue operations are being hampered by the difficult terrain and severe weather conditions. Heavy equipment can not reach the location because access to the disaster area has been blocked by further landslides along access routes.

Also on the island of Sumatra, floods and landslides near the city of Pematangsiantar, North Sumatra on 01 December 2015 have left 2 dead and 9 injured. Over 20 houses have been severely damaged, and 35 houses suffered minor damage.