Severe flash floods hit Indonesia, leaving at least 8 people dead and 3 missing

Severe flash floods hit Indonesia, leaving at least 8 people dead and 3 missing

Severe flash floods hit the Indonesian island of Java on November 4, 2021, claiming the lives of at least 8 people and leaving three others missing. The worst affected were Malang and the city of Batu where floods and mudslides inundated homes and destroyed bridges.

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said that rivers on the slopes of Mount Arjuno overflowed their banks on November 4 and their muddy waters inundated five hamlets in Kota Batu, a city in East Java province.1

Six people were pulled from the detritus alive, while rescuers found a half dozen bodies in Batu and two more victims in Malang.

While severe flooding was reported in other areas of the country, no casualties were reported there.

​Image credit: BNPB

​Image credit: BNPB

​Image credit: BNPB

​Image credit: BNPB

BPBD Batu City together with a joint team is preparing evacuation sites for affected residents.2

The agency said heavy rains are expected to continue and increase until February, partly because of a La Nina weather pattern.

References:

1 Deadly floods hit Indonesia’s Java, mud hampers relief work - AlJazeera

2 Batu City Flash Flood, Death Toll Increases To Six People - BNPB

Featured image credit: BNPB


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