Heavy Rains in Indonesia’s 14 Regions Bring Landslides and Floods

Landslides on the slope of Mount Wilis in East Java
Landslides on the slope of Mount Wilis in East Java

Jakarta, 15 Rabiul Akhir 1437/25 January 2016 (MINA) – At least five dead, one missing and thousands affected by
landslides and floods after heavy rain hit 14 regions in Indonesia for the past four days, an official said Sunday.

A spokesman for the National Disaster Mitigation Agency Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said that thousands of homes aware affected by the floods, and hundreds of others are threatened by imminent landslides.

The Meteorological and Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) predicted that the rainy season in Indonesia will peak by the end of January or early February, Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA) reported, quoting SPA.

The prolonged El Nino global weather phenomenon has delayed the start of the rain season, and its high intensity has reduced precipitation in areas such as Java, Bali and both East and West Nusa Tenggara.

The rainy season will enter the neutral phase by March or April.

Nugroho said the lowered precipitation has significantly reduced the number of landslides, floods and tornadoes across the country compared to average figures for January. (T/R07/R03)

Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)