| 26 May 2024, Sunday |

Indonesia flash floods kill at least eight, rescuers hunt for survivors

Rescuers in Indonesia scrambled Friday to find survivors beneath mud-swamped hillsides after flash floods on Java island killed at least eight people, according to the disaster agency.

Torrential rains unleashed flash floods in Malang and the highland city of Batu on Thursday, inundating houses with mud and debris and destroying local bridges.

Six people were rescued alive from the wreckage, while rescuers discovered a half-dozen bodies in Batu and two more victims in Malang.

According to Indonesia’s national disaster mitigation agency, teams raced on Friday to find several more people missing in Batu, as the dead were placed in body bags.

“We are still looking for three people who are still missing,” the agency’s chairman, Abdul Muhari, said in a statement.

During the rainy season, which began in September, fatal landslides and flash floods are common across the Southeast Asian archipelago.

According to environmentalists, the disasters are frequently caused by deforestation and poor mitigation planning.

Last month, a landslide caused by torrential rains in Sumatra killed seven people.

More than 200 people were killed in a cluster of far-eastern Indonesian islands and neighboring Timor Leste in April when Tropical Cyclone Seroja turned small communities into mud bogs and uprooted trees.


  • AFP