Deadly floods and landslides hit West Java overnight, Indonesia

Deadly floods and landslides hit West Java overnight, IndonesiaMassive floods and landslides caused by several days of heavy rain have claimed lives of at least 19 people in Indonesia’s province of West Java on September 20, 2016. Nine people are still missing in its Garut and Sumedang districts, said National Disaster Management Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.
The worst-hit district was Garut where the Cimanuk and Cikamuri rivers overflowed in the early hours of September 21 (local time), leaving the villages of Bayongbong, Tarogong Kidul, Tarogong Kaler, Banyuresmi, and Karangpawitan under floodwaters up to 2 meters deep (6.5 feet). At least 16 people were found dead and eight others are still missing.
About 1 000 villagers were evacuated to army barracks and other temporary shelters, Nugroho said.
The flood waters have now receded. Police, disaster agencies and local volunteers are carrying out search and rescue operations….. [read more]

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