In­done­sia floods claim 19 lives

The Myanmar Times - - World -

THE death toll from a se­ries of land­slides and flash floods in In­done­sia climbed to 19 yes­ter­day, an of­fi­cial said, in­clud­ing sev­eral chil­dren found by res­cuers scour­ing for sur­vivors.

The worst-hit re­gion was the west of In­done­sia’s main is­land of Java, where tor­ren­tial down­pours in Garut saw flood­wa­ters quickly rise to 2 me­tres (6.5 feet), na­tional dis­as­ter agency spokesper­son Su­topo Purwo Nu­groho said.

“The of­fi­cial re­port [from Garut] ... is that 19 peo­ple were killed and eight oth­ers are still miss­ing,” he said.

Among the dead were an eight­month-old tod­dler and four chil­dren un­der the age of 10, Mr Su­topo added, cit­ing a ca­su­alty re­port from the lo­cal dis­as­ter agency in Garut.

More than 1000 peo­ple have been forced from their homes in the dis­trict by ris­ing wa­ters and are tak­ing shel­ter in nearby emergency tents set up by search and res­cue teams.

Else­where in West Java, the death toll from a land­slide in the Sumedang re­gion rose to three, with one other per­son still be­lieved miss­ing be­neath an avalanche of mud and rock.

The land­slide left two oth­ers in­jured and de­stroyed a mosque, be­sides dis­plac­ing res­i­dents, Mr Su­topo added.

Land­slides and flood­ing are com­mon in In­done­sia, a vast tropical ar­chi­pel­ago prone to nat­u­ral dis­as­ters and tor­ren­tial down­pours.

This hand­out pic­ture re­leased by In­done­sia’s Dis­as­ter Mit­i­ga­tion Agency (BNPB) yes­ter­day shows sol­diers clear­ing de­bris with af­fected vil­lagers in Garut af­ter tor­ren­tial down­pours trig­gered flash floods and land­slides in the re­gion.

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