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10 dead after flash flood and landslides hit in W. Java

10 dead after flash flood and landslides hit in W. Java This file photo shows a resident and her daughter sitting in front of their inundated house in Neighborhood Unit 03/Community Unit 08 in Pondok Pinang subdistrict, South Jakarta, on Dec. 17, 2015. (kompas.com/Dian Ardiahanni)
News Desk
Jakarta   ●   Wed, September 21, 2016

At least 10 people have died and three are missing after a flash flood and landslides struck Garut and Sumedang in West Java in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

The flash flood struck Bayongbong, Karangpawitan, in Garut regency, at 1 a.m. Wednesday morning after heavy rainfall covered the area from Tuesday evening. The rainfall caused the Cimanuk and Cikamuri rivers to overflow, National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said on Wednesday.

The flashflood in Garut resulted in the deaths of eight people. Many others are injured and hundreds of people have had to leave their homes, Sutopo said, citing data from the Garut Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD).

The flood reached up to two meters in height after just three hours of rainfall.

"Right now, most of the flood has subsided, but [the disaster] shows that the river basin of Cimanuk River was in a critical condition," Sutopo said as reported by kompas.com.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday evening, landslides in Cimareme village, Sumedang regency, buried two houses. Two people have been found dead and two others are thought to be buried in the landslides.

A BNPB quick response team and the West Java BPBD have deployed personnel to help search for the missing victims and to assist the Garut BPBD and the Sumendang BPBD. (rin)