Indonesia: Floods and Landslides in Papua Province - Mar 2019Ongoing
Due to heavy rains since 16 March 2018 at 17:00hrs on the mountain, landslides hit the riverbed around Sentani causing flash floods with logs and sedimentary rocks that were channeled to the downstream. Nine villages in Sentani sub-district, Jayapura regency were affected. According to Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, the spoke person from the National Agency for Disaster Countermeasure or Badan Nasional Penganggulangan Bencana (BNPB), during eight hours of rains, the rainfall reached its extreme condition up to 235.1 mm/hour.
There is an indication that landslide occurred in Cyclop Mountain which is the upstream area. Cyclop mountain is one of the conservation mountains in Papua. According to the information provided by BNPB and Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysical Agency that was compiled and circulated via e-mail by UNOCHA; as well as information from PMI, on Sunday, 17 March 2019, the flash flood affected nine sub districts in Jayapura regency, and four sub-districts in Jayapura city.
Furthermore, according to the report:
• Around 11,725 households are affected where among those 77 people died, 43 people missing, 74 people injured, and 4,226 people displaced, who are scattered around various sites and evacuated to 6 different evacuation points.
• Approximately 350 houses were damaged; while the water also inundated six areas, including 1,450 houses in Gajah Mada, 1,000 in Jayapura, Kemiri dan Sentani, 200 district offices, and 200 in Doyo. • Water resource at Cyclop Mountain contaminated by mud and logs from the landslide.
The number of casualties is estimated to increase as the evacuation process is still continuing and not all the affected areas have been reached by the joint Search and Rescue (SAR) team, as they are covered by trees, rocks, muds and other flash floods materials. (IFRC, 20 Mar 2019)
According to media reports as of 2 April at 8.00 UTC, 112 people are dead and at least 90 are still reported missing after flooding and landslides in Sentani District (Jayapura Regency, Papua Province) in mid-March. The National Disaster Management Agency reports more than 11 000 people displaced in 28 sites, 375 buildings severely damaged and four bridges collapsed. (ECHO, 2 Apr 2019)
Most read reports
- IFRC: Indonesia: Flash floods in Jayapura, Papua Information bulletin. 20 Mar 2019
- AHA Centre: ASEAN Weekly Disaster Update, 18 – 24 March 2019. 25 Mar 2019
- RNZI: Parts of West Papua flood after heavy rain. 1 May 2019
- ACT Alliance: Indonesia: Emergency assistance to communities affected by flash floods in Jayapura Regency, Papua – No. RRF 04/2019. 17 Apr 2019
- Jakarta Post: Sentani flash flooding death toll rises to 89. 19 Mar 2019
Dozens of homes and a school in the western tip of Indonesia's West Papua province have flooded after torrential rain.
Downpours which started across the country on Sunday have submerged residential areas in Sorong, Papua's largest city.
State news agency Antara reports the floodwaters, which overwhelmed an elementary school, are around half a metre high.
- According to media reports as of 2 April at 8.00 UTC, 112 people are dead and at least 90 are still reported missing after flooding and landslides in Sentani District (Jayapura Regency, Papua Province) in mid-March.
- The National Disaster Management Agency reports more than 11 000 people displaced in 28 sites, 375 buildings severely damaged and four bridges collapsed.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo says some people in Papua's provincial capital of Jayapura will have to relocate because of the threat of disasters.
Ivany Atina Arbi
The Jakarta Post
Jakarta / Sat, March 30, 2019 / 08:54 pm
The National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) announced on Saturday that authorities had decided to end the 14-day emergency period in Sentani district, Jayapura, Papua, after a flash flood struck the area on March 16.
It is known that 112 died in the disaster, while 17 others remain missing. Light to severe injuries were sustained by 961 people.
Indonesia's Provincial Red Cross in Papua is working with local disaster authorities and other agencies to supply shelter, clean water and sanitation to over 11,000 people displaced by the Sentani floods ten days ago.
Regional Summary (Week 12)
Scattered rain showers fell over most of the southern ASEAN region, while dry conditions still persist in most of the Mekong sub-region. The Government of Indonesia’s disaster response in Sentani flooding is still ongoing, while Tropical Depression 03W (local name: Chedeng) made landfall in Davao Region in southern Philippines. Transboundary Smoke Haze Alert Level 3 is still raised in the Mekong sub-region for almost two months now. Seismically, the region was relatively calm.
Gemma Holliani Cahya
The Jakarta Post
Jayapura / Thu, March 21, 2019 / 04:01 pm
By Wednesday morning rescue workers had recovered 104 dead victims of a flash flood and landslide that happened across Jayapura regency, Papua on Sunday.
The National Disaster and Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said that 79 people were still reported missing since the flash flood hit the regency.
The number of casulaties continues to rise in Sentani District (Jayapura Regency, Papua Province) following flash floods and landslides. According to the National Disaster Management Authority (BNPB), as of 20 March, 104 people were reported dead, 79 missing, 9 692 displaced across 18 evacuation centres and 160 injured. Eight schools, 485 buildings, several roads and bridges have been damaged.
Rescue and emergency operations are being carried out out by 2 317 personnel from 28 institutions and organiSations.
A flash flood and landslides following heavy rain have forced thousands of people in Indonesia’s eastern Papua province to flee for their lives. In Sentani Waibu and Sentani Barat districts, 89 people were killed and nearly 7,000 people forced to flee to 15 evacuation sites.The flash flood and landslides damaged 350 homes and flooded 211 homes, and it damaged three bridges, eight drainage systems, two churches, a mosque, eight schools, 104 shops and a market.
Victor Mambor and Gemma Holliani Cahya
The Jakarta Post
Jayapura and Jakarta / Tue, March 19, 2019 / 08:13 pm
Residents fled their homes as heavy rain and flooding continued on Tuesday in Jayapura, Papua, inundating more villages across the regency.
At least 89 people are reported to have died with 84 suffering serious injuries on the third day of the torrential rain that has hit the country’s easternmost province.
• The Head of BNPB, Indonesia’s National Disaster Management Organisation (NDMO), directs the coordination meeting as well as evaluating the handling of the emergency. Accompanied by the Head of the Basarnas and the Deputy Governor of Papua, the Head of BNPB delivered an immediate evaluation of the field review today. According to the review, the focus is now on the management of the Internally Displaced Population (IDP), provision of relief, protection of the children, and to ensure that health is given attention in evacuation camps.
- The death toll in Sentani District (Jayapura Regency, Papua Province), continues to rise following the floods and landslides.
- As of 19 March, 80 people are dead, 43 are reported missing, 48 525 are affected and 4 728 have been displaced across Sentani District. At least 5 700 people have been evacuated and emergency responders are securing evacuation centeres. Over 600 homes and buildings, including churches and mosques, have been destroyed.
- Over the next 24 hours, moderate to heavy rain with thunderstorms are forecast in Sentani District.
Gemma Holliani Cahya
The Jakarta Post
Jakarta / Tue, March 19, 2019 / 04:27 pm
The death toll from the deadly flash flooding that hit Jayapura, Papua, on Sunday has risen to 89, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) announced on Tuesday.