A Cendrawasih Air plane swept by a flash flood in Sentani, Papua, on Monday (18/03). (Antara Photo/Zabur Karuru)

Swept Away: Flash Flood Kills 100 People in Sentani, 74 Still Missing

MARCH 20, 2019

Sentani. A huge flash flood hit Sentani near Jayapura in Papua on Sunday (17/03). According to the latest count from the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB), at least 100 people have died, 159 are injured and 74 still missing.

Search and rescue teams are focusing their effort on finding possible survivors at the Gajah Mada housing estate in the city.

The injured are being treated at the Youwari Hospital, school clinics, community health centers (Puskesmas) and makeshift shelters that have been erected by soldiers of the local Cenderawasih Military Command.

Critics say deforestation in the mountain area north of the city and a huge, seven-hour 248.5-milimeter rainfall combined to cause a massive flash flood on Sunday.

According to them, extreme environmental damage on the slopes of Cyclops Mountains has been recorded since 2003.

The water catchment area in the city has also been decimated by new housing being built, with 43,030 people or 753 families moving into the area since 2003. 

The latest update from BNBP said that 6,831 people have been evacuated to 15 shelters around the city, the largest of them being Gunung Merah and Gajah Mada. 

A resident rowed a boat when securing his household things after flash flood in Sentani, Jaya Pura, Papua on Tuesday (19/03) (ANTARA FOTO/Zabur Karuru)
A resident in Sentani rows a boat to safety on Tuesday (19/03). (Antara Photo/Zabur Karuru)
Vehicles are seen immersed in mud after flash flood in Sentani, Jayapura, Papua on Sunday (17/03) (ANTARA FOTO/Gusti Tanati)
Cars buried in mud on Sunday (17/03). (Antara Photo/Gusti Tanati)
A victim of the Sentani flash flood was treated at Sentani Health Center, Sentani, Jaya Pura, Papua on Monday (18/03) (ANTARA FOTO/Zabur Karuru)
A child victim being treated at the Sentani Health Center on Monday (18/03). (Antara Photo/Zabur Karuru)
Search and Rescue (SAR) personnel and police officers conduct a emergency rescue to find a victims of Sentani flash flood around the Gajah Mada housing complex in Sentani, Jayapura, Papua on Tuesday (19/03) (ANTARA FOTO/Gusti Tanati)
Search and rescue team carries a flood victim in a body bag at the Gajah Mada housing complex on Tuesday (19/03). (Antara Photo/Gusti Tanati)
A resident carried his dog when he fled after a flash flood in Sentani, Jaya Pura, Papua, Monday (18/03)  (ANTARA FOTO/Zabur Karuru)
A dog being rescued from the flood on Monday (18/03). (Antara Photo/Zabur Karuru)
Indonesia Army officer helps a victim of Sentani flash flood in Sentani Jayapura, Papua on Monday (18/03) (ANTARA FOTO/Zabur Karuru)
A soldier helps a child to evacuate on Monday (18/03). (Antara Photo/Zabur Karuru)
Resident sits in front of his broken house near lake Sentani, Jayapura, Papua on Tuesday (19/03) The last update on March 19, 2019 BNBP said that 6.831 people were evacuated to 15 locations ; the highest number in Gunung Merah (Main Post) is 1,391 people and Gajah Mada is 1,450 people. (ANTARA FOTO/Zabur Karuru)
Houses next to Lake Sentani, the largest lake in Papua, are flooded to the roof. (Antara Photo/Zabur Karuru)
Resident takes a photo of Sentani flash flood victims list in Sentani hospital, Jayapura, Papua on Monday (18/03) The National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) said that at least 89 people died, 159 injured, 74 people were still missing. (ANTARA FOTO/Zabur Karuru)
Handwritten posters record the names of those who died in the flash flood. (Antara Photo/Zabur Karuru)