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Indonesian Landslides, Floods Kill 29 People

  • An aerial view shows a flooded area in Bengkulu

    An aerial view shows a flooded area in Bengkulu | Photo: Reuters

Published 29 April 2019

Indonesia was hit by landslides and floods this past weekend, forcing thousands of people to flee their homes and seek shelter in neighboring provinces. 

Landslides and floods triggered by torrential rain have killed at least 29 people in Indonesia, the disaster agency said on Monday, with thousands taking shelter in evacuation centers amid fears of disease.


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More than a dozen people were missing after the rain hit the province of Bengkulu, on the southwest side of Sumatra, on Friday and Saturday, the agency said.

Around 12,000 people have been evacuated, the national disaster agency said on Sunday (April 28) as they warned of further landslides and flooding if rain continues.

Authorities have set up temporary shelters and public kitchens for those displaced by the rains.

Hardest hit was Bengkulu Tengah district, just outside of the provincial capital, where 22 people were killed along with hundreds of livestock.

Hundreds of buildings had been damaged, along with roads and bridges, with two districts cut off by landslides, adding that the floodwater had subsided in some places.

Displaced villagers needed tents, boats, food and water, while heavy equipment was also needed to build temporary bridges.

Authorities have warned of the risk of disease spreading due to the lack of clean water.

Landslides and floods are common during the monsoon season between October and April, when rains lash the vast Southeast Asian archipelago.

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