Floods affect more than 25,000 people in Sumatra, 4 people killed in a landslide in Java, Indonesia

Over 25,000 people in different parts of the island of Sumatra, Indonesia have been affected by flooding over the past week. At least one person died and another is missing after heavy rain caused a landslide in Aceh province.

Meanwhile, four people were killed in a landslide that destroyed buildings on the side of a road in Central Java province on the island of Java.

Crews are searching for one person reported missing after a landslide in the remote Rikit Gaib district of Gayo Luez regency, Aceh province. One person died in a building destroyed by a landslide that came down after heavy rain on November 22, 2021.

In the past few days, authorities have also reported several cases of flooding on the island of Sumatra. In North Sumatra province, flooding following heavy rainfall on November 20, 2021, caused flooding of the Padang and Bailang rivers, affecting areas of Tebing Tingi, Rambutan, Bajenis, Padang Hilir and Padang Hulu. According to the ASEAN Disaster Information Network, floodwaters were as deep as 1.2 meters in some areas. Hundreds of homes were damaged and some 18,430 people were affected.

On November 18, flooding was reported in Indra Makmur in the East Aceh regency, a regency in the eastern part of Aceh province. About 300 houses were damaged and 1,440 people were affected.

Flooding in the Asahan Regency in North Sumatra Province occurred on the same day after heavy rain caused the Asahan River to overflow. Roads, bridges, crops and 230 homes were damaged and 5,952 people were affected.

Deadly landslide in Java

Heavy rains on the neighboring island of Java caused some flooding and landslides, notably in Banjarnegara regency, Central Java province, on November 19, 2021, where 4 people died after a landslide destroyed buildings by the side of the road in Pajentan district. One person was injured and 3 others were evacuated.

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