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Jakarta Post

Bogor landslides kill one, injure five

  • Fachrul Sidiq

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, February 5, 2018   /   05:42 pm
Bogor landslides kill one, injure five Officers clear fallen trees blocking a road in Puncak, Bogor, West Java, on Feb. 5. (Kompas.com/Ramdhan Triyadi)

Landslides that hit several areas in Bogor regency in West Java on Monday have claimed one life and injured five others, an official said.

"One died, one was severely injured and four sustained minor injuries in the landslides. The evacuation and search for victims are still ongoing. Landslides occurred in several areas in the regency," National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said via his twitter handle @Sutopo_PN.

The heavy downpour in Bogor on Sunday prompted authorities to close the road that connects Jakarta and Puncak. 

Several houses were reportedly damaged. 

The rain also toppled trees as well as electricity poles. 

Sutopo warned Jakarta residents, especially those living on the river’s banks, of possible flash flooding downstream from the Ciliwung River.

He said the floodwater from Bogor would reach the Manggarai sluice gate in South Jakarta in the afternoon and swell rivers in the eastern and southern part of the capital, which could affect areas such as Srengseng Sawah, Rawajati, Kalibata, Pengadegan, Pejaten Timur, Kebon Baru, Bukit Duri, Balekambang, Cililitan, Bidara Cina and Kampung Melayu.

BPBD offices in Jakarta and in Bogor regency have advised authorities up to subdistrict level to prepare for the worst outcome, Sutopo said, adding that more flood-related disasters could still happen this month.