Seven dead in landslide in West Sumatra – Archipelago
Padang, West Sumatra ●
Fri, October 1, 2021
Seven people were killed in a landslide triggered by torrential storms in West Sumatra, authorities said, warning that continued rainfall could cause further land movements on Friday.
A day after the landslide hit two adjacent houses in Padang Pariaman District on Wednesday, seven bodies were removed from the mud, while another person was rescued alive with broken bones.
“All the victims were found after we were able to use heavy equipment yesterday afternoon,” said Rumainur, head of the local disaster mitigation agency. AFP Friday.
Authorities have warned residents to remain vigilant as heavy rains in the area will continue until Saturday.
“Please pay attention to the danger of ground movement triggered by rainfall,” National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesperson Abdul Muhari said on Friday.
More than 300 houses and 80 hectares of rice fields in Padang Pariaman have been flooded.
High winds also damaged houses, kiosks and vehicles and knocked down trees.
One person died and four others were injured when one fell on them while they were visiting a cemetery on Wednesday.
Local authorities have announced a state of emergency for 14 days and opened public kitchens.
In Padang, the capital of West Sumatra province, more than 400 people were evacuated after heavy rains caused flooding in the city.
Deadly landslides and flash floods are common across Indonesia during the rainy season, which began in September in Sumatra.
Disasters are often caused by deforestation and poor mitigation planning, according to environmentalists.
In April this year, more than 200 people were killed in a cluster of Far Eastern islands in Indonesia and neighboring Timor-Leste as Tropical Cyclone Seroja turned small communities into wasteland of mud and d ‘uprooted trees.