Five killed, 2 Missing, over 4,000 Displaced as Landslides, Floods H it West Sumatra, Indonesia

Penungkulan landslide. Photo BNPB
Penungkulan landslide. Photo BNPB

Jakarta, 1 Jumadil Awwal 1437/09 February 2016 (MINA) – Landslides and floods in West Sumatra province of Indonesia have left five people dead, two people missing and forced over 4,000 others to flee homes, head of provincial disaster agency official said on Monday.

Days of heavy downpours have triggered bank of the rivers bloated in some districts and inundated the area, head of West Sumatatra Disaster Management National Agency (BNPB) named only Zulfiatno said.

“In Solok district, four bodies have been discovered and two others are being searched. In Limapuluh Koto district, the body of a youngster was found,” he told Xinhua by phone from the province.

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He said the floods and land landslides have wreaked havoc in Solok city and the districts of Solok Selatan, Limapuluh Kota and Agam, Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA) reported, quoting Xinhua.

“As many as 5,000 to 6,000 people have been affected by the floods and over 4,000 of them have taken shelters at higher grounds,”Zulfiatno revealed.

The natural disasters have destroyed a bridge and blocked roads to neighboring provinces, he said.

Besides, over 100 hectares paddy rice field were inundated with waters.    (T/R07/R01)

Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)