Monthly Humanitarian Update - November 2011

Situation Report
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Natural Disasters

The Meteorological, Climatological and Geophysical Agency (BMKG) reported that some parts of the country just entered the rainy season in November including Sumatra (Aceh, North Sumatra, and Lampung), Java (Serang, Tangerang, Jakarta, West, Central, and East Java), Bali, West and East Nusa Tenggara, Sulawesi, Maluku, and Papua. BMKG, Water Resource Office, and Mapping Agency have forecasted heavy rains and mapped the areas with high possibility of floods. The worst flooding occurred on 2 November, inundating ten sub-districts and killing four people in Pesisir Selatan District, West Sumatra. Floods also caused damages to thousands of houses, schools, religious sites, bridges, irrigation canals, rice fields, plantation, and livestocks.
The government announced a 14-day state of emergency and with support from the National and Provincial Agency for Disaster Management, Provincial Health and Social Office, and PMI responded to the emergency situation by providing food and non-food items, and medical assistance.

Heavy rains caused the Batang Lubuh River to overflow and flood hundreds of houses in Rokan Hulu District, Riau. Heavy rains also caused flash floods in 4 villages of Kampar Kiri Hulu Sub District, Riau on 26 November and high tide Penjaring Sub District, North Jakarta on 23 November. One casualty, one missing and damages to eleven houses were reported due to flash flood in Rokan Hulu, Riau while there was no report of damages or casualties due to high tide flood in Jakarta. Widespread flooding occurred in several other areas, including Padang Pariaman of West Sumatra, Denpasar of Bali, Mandailing Natal of North Sumatra, East Aceh District, and Dumai of Riau, inundating thousands of houses. There were also reports of casualties and damages to houses due to landslides and whirlwinds across the country.

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