Indonesia Floods, Landslides Kill at Least 29

Landslides and floods triggered by torrential rain have killed at least 29 people in Indonesia, the disaster agency said on Monday, with thousands taking shelter in evacuation centres amid fears of disease.

An aerial view shows a flooded area in Bengkulu, Indonesia, April 27, 2019. Picture taken April 27, 2019. Antara Foto/David Muharmansyah/ via REUTERS
Residents affected by the floods rest as they sheltered at a mosque in Bengkulu, Indonesia, April 28, 2019. Picture taken April 28, 2019. Antara Foto/David Muharmansyah/ via REUTERS

More than a dozen people were missing after the rain hit the province of Bengkulu, on the southwest side of Sumatra, on Friday and Saturday, the agency said.

Residents carry their belongings with a raft through the flood in Bengkulu, Indonesia, April 27, 2019. Picture taken April 27, 2019. Antara Foto/David Muharmansyah/ via REUTERS
An aerial view shows a flooded area in Bengkulu, Indonesia, April 27, 2019. Picture taken April 27, 2019. Antara Foto/David Muharmansyah/ via REUTERS
A woman carries her belongings with a raft through the flood in Bengkulu, Indonesia, April 27, 2019. Picture taken April 27, 2019. Antara Foto/David Muharmansyah/ via REUTERS

Hundreds of buildings had been damaged, along with roads and bridges, with two districts cut off by landslides, adding that the floodwater had subsided in some places.

Displaced villagers needed tents, boats, food and water, while heavy equipment was also needed to build temporary bridges.


A flooded area is seen in Bengkulu, Indonesia, in this still image from video taken April 27, 2019, obtained from social media. EP CREATIVE PRODUCTIONS/via REUTERS
A flooded area is seen in Bengkulu, Indonesia, in this still image from video taken April 27, 2019, obtained from social media. EP CREATIVE PRODUCTIONS/via REUTERS
A flooded area is seen in Bengkulu, Indonesia, in this still image from video taken April 27, 2019, obtained from social media. EP CREATIVE PRODUCTIONS/via REUTERS

Authorities have warned of the risk of disease spreading due to the lack of clean water.

(This story corrects spelling of province in paragraph 2)

(Reporting by Agustinus Beo Da Costa; Writing by Gayatri Suroyo; Editing by Nick Macfie)