Indonesia – Deadly floods and landslides in West Papua; Floods affect thousands in Sumatra – FloodList
Heavy rains have wreaked havoc in western and eastern Indonesia over the past few days. At least 3 people died in floods and landslides in the province of West Papua on the island of New Guinea, while flooding in the provinces of the island of Sumatra affected more than 35,000 people.
West Papua Province, Indonesia
Torrential rains on August 21, 2022 caused flooding and landslides in several sub-districts of Sorong city, West Papua province. Nearly 600 mm of rain fell on the city from August 21 to 24, 2022, including 90 mm in just 3 hours on August 23.
Disaster authorities reported that 3 people died when a house was buried by a landslide in Sorong town. Six people were seriously injured and four people were slightly injured. The floods also affected large areas, with 1,025 houses damaged. About 2,000 people evacuated their homes and moved to relief camps and/or to stay with friends or relatives.
As of August 25, disaster authorities including the Sorong City Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) were still evacuating some residents, distributing relief items, working on clean-up operations and carrying out damage assessments.
Sumatra Island, Indonesia
Heavy rains hit the island of Sumatra, Indonesia from August 17, 2022, causing flooding and landslides. Affected areas included Bengkulu city in Bengkulu province, as well as Deli Serdang and Asahan regencies and Binjai and Medan cities in North Sumatra province.
As much as 154mm of rain fell in 24 hours to August 20 in Bengkulu city, causing flooding that affected more than 5,000 people. on the same day, floods hit areas of Asahan regency and Binjai city in North Sumatra province, affecting more than 9,000 people.
Earlier floods hit parts of the city of Medan on August 18, damaging more than 6,000 buildings and affecting more than 25,000 residents. Around the same time, flooding was also reported in Deli Serdang Regency, with more than 2,500 people affected.