Updated: Malaysia and Indonesia – Floods Force Thousands to Evacuate

Update 23 February 2016

Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department in Malaysian confirmed late on 22 February 2016 that the body of a young man who went missing in floodwater has now been found near to a river in Kampung Maan in Padawan.

Original Report, 22 February 2016

Heavy rainfall since 19 February has resulted in flooding and landslides in Malaysia and Indonesia. Almost 7,000 people have been displaced in Sarawak State, Malaysia, and are currently being houses in temporary relief centres. In Indonesia, around 6,000 homes have been damaged by flooding or landslides in the past few days.


Malaysian disaster management authorities say that at least 10,000 people have been affected by flooding in Sarawak State.

Flooding has been reported in several villages in Kuching, Padawan, Bau, Serian and Kota Samarahan after heavy rainfall began on 19 February. By the 20 February the flooding was bad enough to force thousands from their homes and into temporary evacuation centres.

As of midday 22 February, there were 6,667 people (1,176 families) currently displaced and housed in one of the 39 evacuation centres set up by authorities. Most of the evacuation centres are in Kuching, which appears to be the worst hit area. Several other centres are in Bau, Serian, Kota Samarahan and one is located in Padawan. One person was reported missing after trying to cross a river during the flood in Siburan, near Padawan.

Sarawak is still recovering from flooding earlier this month when heavy rain began to fall around 05 February. By 08 February, floods had affected the states of Johor, Melaka, Negri Sembilan, as well as parts of Sarawak, displacing thousands. Two people died in the floods in separate incidents in Johor. Kuching in Sarawak recorded 336 mm of rain between 05 and 09 February 2016.

No further warnings for heavy rainfall have been issued by Malaysian Meteorological Department (MetMalaysia).

Flood in Sarawak, Malaysia, February 2016. Photo: Bomba Malaysia
Flood in Sarawak, Malaysia, early February 2016. Photo: Bomba Malaysia


The Association of Southeast Asian Nations say that heavy rain is affecting parts of Indonesia, including Jambi, West Kalimantan, East Java and West Java provinces.

Local authorities say that 4,231 houses have been flooded submerged in several districts in Jambi Province.

The recent heavy rain has led to flooding in Sanggau, Sambas, Bengkayang and Landak Districts of West Kalimantan, and Pasuruan in East Java Province, where the local disaster management agency say that 1,500 houses have been flooded.

Evacuations were necessary after the heavy rain triggered a landslide in Garut, West Java Province , damaging 128 houses.

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