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Flooding in Purworejo forces 1,500 to flee homes

  • Suherdjoko

    The Jakarta Post

Semarang   /   Mon, March 18, 2019   /   08:33 pm
Flooding in Purworejo forces 1,500 to flee homes Joint operation officers clean the area following flooding and a landslide in Imogiri district, Bantul regency, Yogyakarta, on Monday. (JP/Aditya Sagita)
Torrential rain on Saturday and Sunday left four districts in Purworejo, Central Java inundated on Monday, forcing about 1,500 people to flee their homes.

Homes experienced up to 80 centimeters of inundation on Monday, however no fatalities were reported. 

"We call on people to be alert and immediately report to us if they need help," Purworejo Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) head Sutrisno said Monday.

He said Purworejo had received assistance from BPBDs in other regencies in the province, including from Magelang and Kebumen and from a search and rescue agency in Cilacap.

Aside from the flooding, several trees toppled, while other villages were hit with landslides. Concrete roads in four villages were reported to have sunk following the flooding.

Similar disasters also occurred in Yogyakarta province, killing at least five people as of Monday. (evi)