(Kompas/Rahman Alfarizi Patty)
The Maluku Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) reported on Wednesday that eight people were killed while three were missing by the floods and landslides that have struck Ambon, Maluku, since Tuesday evening.
However, the BPBD has yet to identify the victims.
The floods hit Galala, Lateri, Passo, Laha, Tawiri and South Leitimur, while landslides struck areas in Batu Gajah, Mangga Dua, Karang Panjang, Batu Merah, Kebun Cengkeh, Ahuru and some others.
The floods and landslides badly damaged several main roads and 39 houses. The floods also inundated 1,785 buildings.
The BPBD reported that the severe flooding had forced rescue teams to evacuate 599 people from their homes using ropes. The BPBD coordinated with related state agencies and search and rescue (SAR) teams in the evacuation process.
As of Wednesday afternoon, the BPBD was still calculating the material losses caused by the natural disasters.
The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has announced that several areas in Indonesia, including Central Kalimantan, North Maluku, West Papua and Central Sulawesi, will be hit by torrential rains this week.
The BMKG also says that 3-meter to 5-meter tidal waves will hit the waters of Sangihe Talaud Islands, southern Ambon and Tanimbar in Maluku, the southern part of North Sulawesi and the seas of Maluku, Banda, Arafuru and the South China. (fzm/lfr)