Indonesia: Floods, landslides kill 24 in Central Java


Updated about an hour agoSun 19 Jun 2016, 8:11am

Flash flooding and landslides in Indonesia have killed 24 and left more than two dozen missing, an official says, with mud avalanches burying people inside their homes.

Torrential rain since Saturday has triggered serious flooding across Central Java, with thousands of homes inundated, said disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.

“Initial data… shows the impact of the floods and landslides in Central Java has caused 24 deaths, with 26 others still missing,” Mr Sutopo said in a statement.

 

Footage aired by local broadcasters showed villagers sitting on their roofs to escape the rising water, their cars and homes submerged in brown water.

Areas prone to landslides in the densely-populated province were the worst hit, with drivers swept off roads and dozens of homes destroyed by fast-moving walls of mud, rock and water.

In one district, five people were buried in their homes as a landslide swept through the village. In another, nine people were killed as they tried to clear rubble from a road.

“Suddenly a huge landslide struck the cars and people on the street. Nine bodies were retrieved,” Mr Sutopo said in a statement.

Search and rescue crews are combing villages for the 26 still missing, Mr Sutopo added.

Temporary shelters have been erected to help those evacuated from the disaster zone.

Landslides are not uncommon in Indonesia.

Last month, 15 students holidaying at a popular tourist spot in western Indonesia were killed when a landslide swept through their camp ground.

AFP

Indonesia: Floods, landslides kill 24 in Central Java

Heavy rains and flooding also hit West Sumatra on Thursday and Friday, killing one person and displacing thousands. The floods there have since subsided.
June is usually relatively dry in the region, but the National Climatology, Meteorology and Geophysics Agency has issued a warning for potential rain for late June and early July in five provinces.
High tides and waves are also predicted for the southern coast of Sumatra, Java and East Nusa Tenggara.
The weather anomalies are a result of several environmental factors leading to unstable atmospheric conditions and increased rainfall in Sumatra and Kalimantan, according to Nugroho

 

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