Floods in Indonesia kill 29, dozen missing
BENGKULU: Floods sparked by torrential rains have killed 29 people in Indonesia with a dozen more still missing, officials said Monday, marking the latest calamity for a disaster-prone nation.
Landslides and floods are common, especially during the monsoon season between October and April, when rains lash the vast Southeast Asian archipelago.
On Monday, Indonesia’s disaster agency confirmed 29 deaths and said at least 13 more people were missing after days of pounding storms on the island of Sumatra.
Some 12,000 others have been evacuated from water-logged Bengkulu province with hundreds of buildings, bridges and roads damaged.
Hardest hit was Bengkulu Tengah district, just outside of the provincial capital, where 22 people were killed along with hundreds of livestock.
Authorities have set up temporary shelters and public kitchens for the evacuees.
Meanwhile, a landslide triggered by heavy rain in Sumatra’s Lampung province on Saturday killed a family of six and disrupted transportation links to neighbouring regions.
Flooding in parts of the capital Jakarta during the week killed at least two people and forced more than 2,000 to evacuate their homes.