Indonesia: 26 dead, 19 missing in landslides, floods


An official said on Thursday that, the death toll from overwhelming floods and landslides in Indonesia has risen to 26 with fading for 19 others still missing. The National Disaster officials has conveyed that, aid has commence pouring into Garut in the west of Indonesia's main island of Java, where 23 people died and 18 remain missing following pouring rain and fast-rising floods swept through the area.

Retreating flood waters exposed scenes of destruction, with houses abridged to rubble and upturned cars and debris strewn throughout muddy streets. The officials has also further conveyed that, amongst the dead or missing are more than a dozen children under 12 years of age, though several have yet to be officially recognized. Rescue squads and army personnel have moved into Garut to hunt for those still missing, whereas drones are assessing the scale of obliteration from the air. "There is plenty of food and clean water obtainable.

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The community is also helping out," Rampangilei conveyed, adding that a disaster report had been sent to President Joko Widodo. Temporary protection and makeshift kitchens have been well-known to support the estimated 430 people left homeless, with blankets and clothing being trucked in by emergency crews. Disaster agency representatives Sutopo Purwo Nugroho has also further conveyed that, elsewhere in West Java, emergency crews were still penetrating for one person missing in the wake of a massive landslide in Sumedang district that killed three others.

 Late on Tuesday an avalanche of mud, rock and water tore through a village in Sumedang without warning, flattening homes and a mosque and burying people beneath rubble. In Indonesia landslides and flooding are ordinary, a huge tropical archipelago prone to natural disasters and torrential downpours.

 The nation disaster agency has warned people to be alert for disasters this wet season as a La Nina weather phenomenon threatens unseasonably heavy rain. In June almost 50 people died when heavy downpours sent torrents of water, mud and rock surging into villages in Central Java, another densely-populated province on Indonesia's main island.

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