Indonesia - Floods and Landslides OCHA Situation Report No. 1

Situation Report
Originally published
Ref. OCHA/GVA - 2001/0154
OCHA Situation Report No. 1
Indonesia - Floods, Landslides
1 August 2001

This report is based on information provided by the Government of Indonesia through the OCHA Office in Jakarta and by the international media.

Situation and response

1. According to information provided by the National Disaster Management Coordination Board (Bakornas PB) 65 people were killed in floods and landslides which occurred on the island of Nias, North Sumatra, on Tuesday and Wednesday. In addition almost 800 people are still missing and five villages were swept away, the media reported. More than 100 houses have been destroyed and hundreds of others are damaged.

2. Although Indonesia is in the middle of its annual dry season, there has been an unusually large amount of rainfall in parts of the country which might have triggered the landslide.

3. Rescue teams were searching Nias for the missing and evacuating hundreds of families but bad weather reportedly hampered the rescue efforts. Food aid, including rice and noodles are being despatched to the affected area.

4. OCHA is in close contact with the OCHA Office in Jakarta and will revert with further information, as it becomes available.

5. This situation report, together with further information on ongoing emergencies, is also available on the OCHA Internet Website at

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