Death toll rises to 47 in Indonesian landslides, floods

The death toll rose to 47 from landslides and floods in parts of Central Java in Indonesia over the weekend, officials said Monday.

In the worst-hit district of Purwerejo, at least 27 people were killed, and 18 were still missing, said Desi Armita, an official at the local disaster management agency.

Rescuers dug through thick mud using excavators to look for the missing, he said.  

The landslides and flooding followed days of heavy rain.

The National Disaster Management Agency said 41 million Indonesians live in areas prone to landslides with little protection.

Agency spokesman Sutopo Nugroho warned that the La Nina weather phenomenon could could trigger more rainfall, floods and landslides in the coming months. 

"It is predicted that the number of victims from hydrometeorological disasters will increase," he said. 

A United Nations report released in March warned that La Nina could hurt food security in Indonesia for the whole year and possibly longer.

"While Indonesia has strong capacity and expertise for responding to rapid-onset emergencies, it is far more challenging to respond to slow-onset emergencies," said the United Nations-sponsored report.

The situation should be closely monitored for any humanitarian needs, including a "longer-term rise in poverty levels," it said.

Last update: Mon, 20/06/2016 - 12:44


South-East Asia braces for La Nina floods


Wednesday, June 1, 2016 - 09:18

More from World

EU-Canada summit gets green light despite trade deal setback

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will travel to Brussels for an EU-Canada summit despite resistance in the...

ICC: South Africa, Burundi withdrawal "watershed moment" for justice

The African continent experienced a "watershed moment" for justice after South Africa and Burundi announced their...

Nine shot dead in Central African Republic during protests

Nine people were shot dead in the volatile Central African Republic on Monday, hospital sources said, as hundreds of...

Kurds fend off Islamic State attacks as Baghdad-Ankara spat continues

Kurdish forces on Monday said they fended off two attacks by Islamic State fighters in northern Iraq as Turkish and...

One killed, 100 injured in South Africa train collision

One person was killed and about 100 injured Monday when two passenger trains collided head-on in South Africa, the...