Young males wait underneath a concrete bridge trying to salvage useful objects carried by the currents
BAY ISMOYO / AFP
Flash floods and landslides have killed a minimum of 9 individuals and compelled 1000’s into momentary shelters on Indonesia’s Sumatra island, the native catastrophe company stated Thursday.
Torrential rain in North Sumatra this week sparked the catastrophe, with most victims drowning or hit by logs swept away within the present, the company added.
“We suspect (two victims) were killed after getting hit by logs,” stated Safaruddin Ananda Nasution, head of Central Tapanuli’s catastrophe mitigation company.
Rampant unlawful logging within the space might have contributed to the catastrophe by loosening the soil and making it vulnerable to landslides, he added.
Several thousand residents have fled to shelters.
This month, document rains triggered flooding and landslides that killed practically 70 individuals in and round Jakarta, which is on neighbouring Java island.
Entire neighbourhoods in Indonesia’s capital — a megalopolis residence to round 30 million individuals — have been submerged in floodwaters that compelled tens of 1000’s into shelters.
The Southeast Asian archipelago is recurrently hit by floods in the course of the wet season, which began in late November.