Indonesia: Floods and Landslides - Dec 2019Ongoing
Heavy rain in west Sumatra and central Sulawesi have caused floods, resulting in fatalities and damage. According to the Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management (BNPB), 2 people died, 60 families have been displaced, 707 people affected and 57 houses damaged following flash floods in Sigi Regency (Central Sulawesi Province). 5,000 people have been displaced and 1,000 homes flooded in South Solok Regency (West Sumatra). More heavy rain is forecast across the affected provinces over the next 24 hours. (ECHO, 16 Dec 2019)
Multiple provinces (North Sumatera, West Java, Bengkulu and Jakarta) in Indonesia has been experiencing flooding starting from 28 December 2019. The floods are affecting the provinces at different scales. The total numbers of people affected have not been confirmed as assessments are ongoing.
In North Sumatera province, flash flooding affected four villages (Pematang, Hatapang, Batu Tunggal and Merbau Selatan) in Labuhanbatu Utara districts. Approximately 229 households (857 people) have been affected. There are four evacuation points in the area, currently occupied by 861 people.
In West Java Province, a river embankment collapsed in Cimareme village, Ngamprah sub-district. Approximately 131 households and 15 houses have been affected according to the Indonesian Disaster Management Agency Provincial Level / Badan Penanggulangan Bencana Daerah (BPBD). Evacuation efforts are ongoing in the area. Most of the affected families are being evacuated to two mosques.
In Bengkulu Province, 138 houses located in the five sub-districts have been affected by floods due to heavy and persistent rainfall on 31 December 2019.
Heavy and persistent rainfall on 31 December 2019 in Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang and Bekasi caused flooding in the areas with Bekasi being the worst affected area. (IFRC, 1 Jan 2020)
As of 2 January 2020, at least 21 people have died. In Jakarta, over 62,000 people have been evacuated to temporary shelters. Indonesia’s government meteorology agency (BMKG) forecasts a further high intensity of rainfall between 11 and 15 January 2020. Indonesia’s National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) is working alongside the army, police, the National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas), other ministries and the Indonesian Red Cross to provide emergency response alongside community-based organizations. (ECHO, 2 Jan 2020)
As of 5 January 2020, the authorities reported 60 people have died. At least 495,000 people have been affected by the massive floods, with approximately 100,000 people being displaced in greater Jakarta area. (AHA Centre, 5 Jan 2020)
As of 6 January, disaster management authorities (BNPB) reported that a total of 67 persons have died and 36,000 people remain displaced in at least 127 sites (down from over 100,000 people displaced on 5 January). While flooding has receded in several areas, high rainfall is forecast to continue for the next week. As of 4 January, BNPB had recorded 1,317 heavily damaged houses, 5 severely damaged public facilities, and 24 severely damaged bridges. BNPB has been leading national coordination with other national agencies to support local governments which have mobilized support to affected people by dispatching relief items, deploying personnel, disseminating information, and establishing evacuation centres (OCHA, 7 Jan 2020).
As of 9 January, the Indonesian National Board for Disaster management (BNPB) reported the number of displaced in Bogor Regency (West Java Province) has increased from 12,961 to 14,000 as well as in East Jakarta from 64 to 65 people, while in West Jakarta, has decreased from 602 to 484. The total number of displaced is now 18,870 people. The death toll has been revised to 61. National authorities together with NGOs continue to provide support to those affected. For the next 24 hours, more rain is forecast across the affected provinces and further floods and landslides are expected (ECHO, 9 Jan 2020).
Since the morning of 14 January, floods triggered by heavy rain have submerged Samarinda City (East Kalimantan Province, Borneo Island), 3 districts and 6 subdistricts, affecting at least 7,213 residents. Media reported various districts of the city remained flooded, and several schools, health centers and other public facilities have been damaged. There were no reports of fatalities or injuries. As of 15 January, floodwaters still inundated several areas in Samarinda, with the worst flood recorded in East Bengkuring Sempaja district where the water level reached as high as an adult's waist. Samarinda Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) reported no casualties. Some affected residents had been relocated to a shelter set up by the BPBD, while the rest were taken to the nearest mosque. Several public facilities such as a health center, a district administration office and schools were also affected by the flood. For the next 24 hours, moderate rain is forecast across the affected area (ECHO, 16 Jan 2020).
As of 21 January, media report at least nine fatalities in Kaur Regency (western Bengkulu Province) following the collapse of a bridge. In addition, one person is reported missing, while 30 more were rescued after the collapse. Moderate rain is forecast over southwestern Sumatra Islands for the next 24 hours. (ECHO, 21 Jan 2020).
According to the Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management, as of 26 January, 2 people died and 2 have been injured following a landslide in Sumedang Regency (West Java), more than 350 people have been displaced and 20,000 affected in Bandung District (West Java), with almost 260 houses flooded in Bojonegoro Regency (East Java). The national authorities are providing emergency assistance to those affected. (ECHO, 27 Jan 2020).
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Most read reports
- ACT Alliance: Flood in Indonesia: It will get worse. 28 Jan 2020
- OCHA: Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (21 - 27 January 2020). 28 Jan 2020
- ECHO: Indonesia - Flood update (BNPB, BMKG) (ECHO Daily Flash of 28 January 2020). 28 Jan 2020
- Le Soir: Les catastrophes climatiques ont affecté près de 98 millions de personnes. 28 Jan 2020
- AHA Centre: Flash Update No. 01 – Flooding in Jakarta Metropolitan Area, Indonesia – 02 January 2020. 2 Jan 2020
Type : Flood disaster & landslide
Place : Jakarta, Bogor, Tangerang, Bekasi
Time : 4 January 2020
I. Key Information
The number of refugees are 173,064 people (39,627 families)
The number of victims increased to 53 people and 1 person missing
In Bekasi City as many as 149,537 people were still displaced by the flood disaster at 51 refugee camps
More than 22,000 people or 3,300 families in DKI Jakarta are still displaced
- As of 5 January, 60 people have died and approximately 100,000 have been internally displaced following serious flooding in Indonesia.
- The Indonesian government's meteorology agency forecasts more heavy rain over Jakarta until 7 January.
- Military and health officials have commenced work on health protection, spraying disinfectant in hard-hit areas to limit the spread of waterborne diseases, with no serious cases reported so far.
a. Due to the monsoon season and heavy rainfall since 31 December 2019, the Greater Jakarta area was affected by massive floods and landslides reported. As of 4 January 2020, a total of 308 sub-districts in 103 districts of 3 provinces, i.e. Jakarta, West Java, and Banten, are flooded since 1 January 2020. The AHA Centre has issued Flash Updates on the situation, which available here (Flash Update No.1, Flash Update No.2. Flash Update No.3).
The Jakarta Post
Bandung and Jakarta / Sat, January 4, 2020 / 02:33 pm
The West Java administration declared an emergency status on Friday after floods and landslides hit several areas in the province, as well as in Jakarta and Banten, since New Year’s Eve, killing more than 30 people and displacing more than 170,000.
In Gubernatorial Regulation No. 362/KEP.13-BPBD/2020, Governor Ridwan Kamil said the emergency status would remain in effect until Jan. 7.
Type : Flood
Location : Jakarta, Bogor, Tangerang, Bekasi
Time : January 2, 2020
I. Keys Information
Heavy rain since Tuesday flushed all over Jakarta and surrounding areas until Wednesday morning
A total of 268 villages in Jabodetabek were flooded with a height between 30-200 cm.
There are 6 areas with a height of water around 2 meters : Cipinang Melayu East Jakarta, Jatikramat Bekasi, Bekasi Exile, Margahayu Bekasi, Duren Jaya Bekasi, and Bintaro South Jakarta.
Karina M. Tehusijarana
The Jakarta Post
Jakarta / Fri, January 3, 2020 / 07:35 am
Cellular services from a number of telecommunication providers remained disrupted in several areas on Thursday following heavy rains and flooding that have gripped Greater Jakarta since Tuesday night.
Communication and Information Minister Johnny G. Plate said several cellular base transceiver stations (BTS) had been out of service since Wednesday due to power cuts by state-owned electricity firm PLN in response to the flooding.
Islamic Relief is supporting the government’s response to fierce floods in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Indonesian authorities evacuated tens of thousands of people yesterday amid flash floods and landslides in the capital city.
About 30 people are thought to have lost their lives to the disaster, which was brought on by some of the heaviest rainfall in decades.
Altogether, 64,000 people are estimated to have been affected. In some places the water has begun to recede, allowing people to begin returning to their homes.
- The National Disaster Management Authority of Indonesia (BNPB) has created a joint portal to gather near-real time activities and situation monitoring from the ground-zero. Apart from coordination and technical support, BNPB has also sent a letter to provincial governors and local disaster management authorities (BPBDs) to encourage respective BPBDS in heightening preparedness and disaster risk reduction efforts during the rainy season in 2020.
Gemma Holliani Cahya
The Jakarta Post
Jakarta / Sat, January 4, 2020 / 05:59 pm
Two residents of Lebo Village in Sangihe Island, North Sulawesi, were killed after being washed away in a flash flood on Friday morning.
A flash flood and landslide struck the village at 5:30 a.m., killing Lahode Mangape, 83, and Armand, 18, injuring several others and damaging multiple buildings, including houses.
Thousands of children flee homes, floods likely to get worse’, warns Save the Children.
At least six children have died and tens of thousands had to leave their homes in the devastating Jakarta floods – numbers that might increase with the peak of the rainy season still to come and high tides expected in the coming days, Save the Children warned today.
Heavy rainfall are affecting Jakarta Metropolitan Area and parts of West Java and Banten Provinces since 31 December 2019, triggering floods and causing several landslides that have resulted in casualties and damage.
The Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management (BNPB) reports, as of 3 January, 43 fatalities. In addition, the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management (AHA) Centre also reports an estimated 21,900 people displaced across West, Central, East, and South Jakarta Regencies.
By Apriadi Gunawan
Authorities have recovered the bodies of two people killed in a flashflood in North Sumatra’s North Labuhan Batu regency while three other members of the same family remain missing.
The victims, a mother and her son, were found in separate locations on Wednesday. Rescuers found 7-year-old Irul Sipahutar in Bilah River in North Utara district before locating his mother Cahaya Nasution, 27, two hours later in neighboring West Bilah district.
By Karina M. Tehusijarana
As the New Year's Day floods continue to cripple many areas in Greater Jakarta (Jabodetabek), President Joko “Joko” Widodo and House of Representatives Speaker Puan Maharani have pushed for the quick evacuation of those trapped by floodwaters.
“The central government, the provincial administration and the regency and municipal administrations must all work together to manage [the disaster],” Jokowi told reporters on Jan. 2 at the Jakarta Stock Exchange.
Severe flooding in Jakarta has claimed at least nine lives and forced thousands of residents to flee their homes after heavy rains from Tuesday evening to Wednesday morning inundated both residential and commercial areas across the capital.
Sixteen-year-old Alvico Arif Ardana died from an apparent electric shock after floodwaters inundated his residential complex in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta, on Wednesday, said Jakarta Police spokesperson Sr. Com. Yusri Yunus.
The government is working to mitigate and prevent flooding in regions across the country, especially in Jakarta, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has said in response to the severe floods in the capital city that followed heavy rains from Tuesday evening to Wednesday morning.
“The government is still working on this and our efforts have yet to be complete -- for example [the construction of] the Cimahi and Ciawi dams [in West Java]. Their construction will perhaps be completed by next year. Everything must be completed,” Jokowi told journalists in Yogyakarta on Wednesday.
Heavy downpours starting on Tuesday afternoon have caused the Air Ngalam River to breach its banks, flooding eight villages in Seluma regency, Bengkulu.
"So far, the data has shown that 182 houses were inundated and there were 685 victims. It’s possible the figures will change as our team collects more detailed data," BPBD Seluma secretary Basriyah said on Wednesday.
Heavy rainfall (up to 370 millimeters) on Tuesday 31 December 2019 caused flash floods in North Sumatra province and floods in West Java and Bengkulu provinces, as well as in Jakarta. The rain also triggered landslides in Kota Depok, a city on the outskirts of Jakarta. Indonesia’s National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) is working alongside the army, police, the National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas), other ministries and the Indonesian Red Cross to provide emergency response alongside community-based organizations. At least 21 people have died as of 2 January.