Thousands affected by floods and landslides in Malaysia and Indonesia

Thousands affected by floods and landslides in Malaysia and Indonesia

Heavy rainfalls that have been battering Malaysia and Indonesia since February 19, 2016, triggered flooding and landslides. Almost 8 000 people have been evacuated in Malaysia while 6 000 homes in Indonesia have suffered damage over the last few days.

Several villages in Kuching, Padawan, Bau, Serian and Kota Samarahan suffered flooding and thousands of residents have been forced to leave their homes. 7 931 people have been displaced and provided a temporary accommodation in one of the 47 evacuation centers. One person was reported missing so far, while, luckily, no fatalities have occurred for now. In total, at least, 10 000 people have been affected in Sarawak State.

Sarawak is still recovering from floods that occurred earlier in February.

72-hr rainfall accumulation as observed by the GPM Core Observatory. Image credit: Google/NASA/JAXA GPM

Malaysian Meteorological Department hasn't issued further warnings concerning heavy rainfall.

Across Indonesia, torrential downpours have affected Jambi, West Kalimantan, East Java and West Java Provinces. Sanggau, Sambas, Bengkayang and Landak districts of West Kalimantan, and Pasuruan in East Java reported 1 500 homes have been flooded, according to the local disaster management agency.

4 231 homes were inundated across the Jambi Province. 128 houses have been damaged in Garut in West Java after a landslide was reported.

Featured image: 72-hr rainfall accumulation as observed by the GPM Core Observatory. Image credit: Google/NASA/JAXA GPM

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