10 dead, 10 missing after Indonesia floods, landslide

By AFP   March 9, 2024 | 01:02 am PT
10 dead, 10 missing after Indonesia floods, landslide
A flood in the Papua region of Indonesia. Photo by AFP
At least 10 people were killed and 10 others were missing after flash floods and a landslide on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, a local official said Saturday.

Torrential rains triggered the floods and landslide that hit Pesisir Selatan regency in West Sumatra province, forcing around 46,000 people to evacuate to temporary shelters.

"Ten people were found dead. Two victims were found in Langgai village, Sutera subdistrict, seven victims were found and identified in Koto XI Tarusan subdistrict and one other victim was found in the Lengayang subdistrict," Pesisir Selatan disaster mitigation agency acting head Doni Yusrizal said in a statement.

Doni added that bad weather had hampered efforts to search for 10 missing people.

"The weather as of this morning is still rainy, and then there are some access (points) that were cut off so it is difficult to go through," said Doni, adding they were using boats to reach people cut off by the floods.

At least 14 houses were buried in the landslide, more than 20,000 houses were flooded and eight bridges had collapsed, according to the statement.

In Padang Pariaman regency, also in West Sumatra, heavy downpours between Thursday and Friday caused rivers to overflow and triggered floods and a landslide, killing at least three people, according to a statement from the local disaster mitigation agency.

Indonesia is prone to landslides during the rainy season and the problem has been aggravated in some places by deforestation, with prolonged torrential rain causing flooding in some areas of the archipelago nation.

A landslide and floods swept away dozens of houses and destroyed a hotel near Lake Toba on Sumatra in December, killing at least two people.

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