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26 dead, 19 missing in Indonesian landslides, floods

INDONESIA: The death toll from devastating floods and landslides in Indonesia has risen to 26, an official said today (Sept 22), with hopes fading for 19 others still missing.

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By AFP

Thursday 22 September 2016, 02:10PM


Search and rescue team along with soldiers removing debris from an area hit by a landslide in Sumedang. Photo: AFP

Search and rescue team along with soldiers removing debris from an area hit by a landslide in Sumedang. Photo: AFP

Aid has begun pouring into Garut in the west of Indonesia’s main island of Java, where 23 people died and 19 remain missing after torrential rain and fast-rising floods swept through the region, the national disaster agency said.

Receding flood waters revealed scenes of destruction, with houses reduced to rubble and upturned cars and debris strewn throughout muddy streets.

Among the dead or missing are more than a dozen children under 12 years of age, though several have yet to be formally identified, the agency said.

Relief teams and army personnel have moved into Garut to search for those still missing, while drones are assessing the scale of destruction from the air, disaster agency head Willem Rampangilei said in a statement.

“There is plenty of food and clean water available. The community is also helping out,” Rampangilei said, adding that a disaster report had been sent to President Joko Widodo.

Temporary shelters and makeshift kitchens have been established to assist the estimated 430 people left homeless, with blankets and clothing being trucked in by emergency crews.

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Elsewhere in West Java, emergency crews were still searching for one person missing in the wake of a massive landslide in Sumedang district that killed three others, disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.

An avalanche of mud, rock and water tore through a village in Sumedang late yesterday (Sept 21), flattening homes and a mosque and burying people beneath rubble.

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

The country’s disaster agency has warned people to be alert for disasters this wet season as a La Nina weather phenomenon threatens unseasonably heavy rain.

In June nearly 50 people died when heavy downpours sent torrents of water, mud and rock surging into villages in Central Java, another densely-populated province on Indonesia’s main island.

 

 

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