Indonesia's Sumatra Islands hit by Landslide and Flash Floods

More than 10 people have been killed and roughly 45,000 people have been displaced.
Indonesia's Sumatra Islands hit by Landslide and Flash Floods

Torrential rains caused flash floods and a landslide on Sumatra island in Indonesia. The disaster led to the deaths of at least 10 people, with 10 others still missing. The incident occurred in the Pesisir Selatan district of West Sumatra province. The heavy rains triggered tons of mud, rocks, and uprooted trees to roll down a mountain, reaching a river that overflowed and flooded nearby villages.

According to Doni Yusrizal, the head of the local disaster management agency, seven bodies were found in the worst-hit village of Koto XI Tarusan, while three others were recovered in neighboring villages. The National Disaster Management Agency's spokesperson stated that ten individuals remain missing.

As a result of the flood and landslide, approximately 46,000 people sought refuge in temporary government shelters. The disaster buried 14 houses and flooded 20,000 others up to their roofs. Relief efforts were hindered by challenges such as power outages, blocked roads covered in thick mud, and debris.

Indonesia experiences frequent landslides and flash floods due to heavy rains, particularly in mountainous regions and flood-prone areas.