Floods wreak havoc in Indonesia, 23 dead


Bangkok, Sep 22: The floods and landslides triggered by heavy rainfall in Indonesia’s Java province have claimed 23 lives so far on Thursday, the authorities said.

Indonesiafloods-wefornewsNational disaster agency spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho stated that rescue teams have resumed their search operations as at least 18 more persons are still missing, EFE news reported.Indonesiafloods-wefornewsNearly 433 people were sent to temporary shelters, Agency head Willem Rampangilei said .

The floods wreaked havoc in seven districts of Garut in western Java in central Indonesia on Tuesday, when the river Cikamuri recorded a rise between 1.5 and 2 meters in its water levels.Indonesiafloods-wefornewsThe agency also alerted for continued heavy rainfall and attributed the heavier than normal rains, for this time of the year, to the La Nina, a coupled ocean-atmosphere phenomenon.

Indonesia is prone to flooding and landslides every year during the rainy season that peaks between December and February.

Wefornews Bureau

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