29 killed, 13 missing and thousands affected after floods and landslides hit Indonesia

29 killed, 13 missing and thousands affected after floods and landslides hit Indonesia

29 people have been killed and at least 13 others are still missing after floods and landslides hit the Indonesian capital of Jakarta and Bengkulu province in western parts of the country on April 26 and 27, 2019.

Torrential rains have triggered the natural disaster that affected almost 15 000 people, officials said.

Floods and landslides cut off roads connecting Bengkulu with other provinces and an overflowing river submerged surrounding areas. At least 22 people were killed in the province along with hundreds of livestock.

The disaster destroyed at least 184 houses, four school buildings, streets, bridges and water channels within the territory.

"Floods and landslides have been striking most of the districts in Bengkulu province since Friday, April 26 and a day earlier for Jakarta," the spokesman of national disaster management agency, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, said.

The search for missing victims was carried out by a joint SAR team.

"Some areas are difficult to access, electricity is partially extinguished, communication with other regions is difficult, bridges/roads are damaged, budget in regions is limited," Nugroho said.

At least 2 people were killed and 2 000 forced to evacuate in capital Jakarta.

In addition, a landslide triggered by heavy rain in Sumatra’s Lampung province killed a family of six on April 26 and disrupted transportation links to neighboring regions.

Featured image credit: Sutopo Purwo Nugroho

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