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Heavy rains turn roads into raging rivers, trigger deadly landslides – West Java, Indonesia


Continuous heavy downpour in Indonesia's West Java province turned roads into raging rivers and caused landslides in which at least 4 people lost their lives, authorities confirmed on Thursday, February 20, 2020. Flash floods have also affected more than 115 050 people and submerged about 16 000 homes, as well as 47 schools.

Mudslides occurred early Thursday morning, destroying a wall of a house which caused it to collapse, killing the residents inside.

The Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management (BNPB) reported the fatalities in Banjarwangi village, Ciawi district. "Rescuers found four bodies in the damaged house," said spokesman Agus Wibowo.

The affected areas in the province are the regencies of Bandung and Bogor in particular, where around 420 people have been displaced.

As many as 115 050 people have been affected by flooding in the regency of Bandung, while 16 000 residential properties have been damaged in the districts of Baleendah, Bojongsoang, and Dayeuhkolot.

Footage from media reports showed river-like floods, ripping through streets and raging across roads. Establishments, houses, and other buildings were seen collapsing and being washed away by floodwaters.

The Humanitarian Country Team assured their support in response operations. Evacuation has also been underway, which involves police personnel and soldiers. Wibowo added that all victims will be sent to a nearby medical facility.

Featured image credit: BNPB


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