Indonesia: Floods and landslide leave 19 dead, 7 missing

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Torrential downpours triggered devastating floods and landslides in Pesisir Selatan, West Sumatra, Indonesia. Nearly 46,000 residents were forced to flee to shelters. 

In Jakarta, Indonesia, a recent disaster has claimed the lives of at least 18 people, with five others reported missing following flash floods and a landslide on the island of Sumatra.

The incident, which occurred in Pesisir Selatan regency in West Sumatra province, was triggered by torrential rains, leading to the evacuation of approximately 46,000 individuals to temporary shelters.

Doni Gusrizal, acting head of the Pesisir Selatan disaster mitigation agency, provided the updated toll, revising it from an earlier count of 10 casualties. He noted that rescue efforts were being hindered by debris from the disasters, stating, “The impact from the floods (was) extraordinary. Currently, we are cleaning the road… Our vehicles cannot pass through.”

As of the latest reports, electricity services remained disrupted in several parts of Pesisir Selatan. The disaster also resulted in the burial of at least 14 houses, flooding in over 20,000 houses, and the collapse of eight bridges, according to an earlier statement from the national disaster mitigation agency.

In a separate incident in Padang Pariaman regency, also in West Sumatra, heavy rainfall between Thursday and Friday led to river overflow, causing floods and a landslide that claimed the lives of at least three people, as reported by the local disaster mitigation agency.

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Indonesia is no stranger to landslides during the rainy season, a problem that has been exacerbated in some areas by deforestation.

Prolonged torrential rain has also led to flooding in various parts of the archipelago nation. In December, a landslide and floods devastated dozens of houses and a hotel near Lake Toba on Sumatra, resulting in at least two fatalities.

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