Rescuers evacuate flood victims in Central Tapanuli, North Sumatra, on Wednesday. (Photo courtesy of the BNPB)

Floods, Landslides Kill Seven in North Sumatra


JANUARY 29, 2020

Jakarta. Torrential rains triggered floods and landslides in North Sumatra's Central Tapanuli district on Wednesday, killing at least seven people, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency, or BNPB, reported.

Heavy rains fell in parts of North Sumatra and West Sumatra on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Floods and landslides affected six subdistricts in Central Tapanuli, including Barus where floods claimed two lives and Andam Dewi where five people died from landslides.

Emergency shelters in the area desperately need tents, blankets and generators, BNPB spokesman Agus Wibowo said.

Central Tapanuli has declared a seven-day emergency to allow authorities to assist victims of the disaster. 

Flood in East Java

Flood also hit Bondowoso in East Java on Wednesday, injuring two, the BNPB said.

“High-intensity rains in the Ijen Mountain area triggered the flood on Wednesday. [Burnt soil from] forest fires at the end of last year had made the flood worse," the BNPB spokesman said.

The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) forecasts more heavy rains in East Java until Thursday morning.