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Jakarta Post

Rescue team finds all three victims killed in Sukabumi flash flood

  • Arya Dipa

    The Jakarta Post

Bandung   /   Fri, September 25, 2020   /   01:16 pm
Rescue team finds all three victims killed in Sukabumi flash flood Residents look at an area damaged by a flash flood in Cicurug, Sukabumi, West Java, on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. Heavy rain on Monday caused the flood, which washed away 12 houses and inundated at least 85 homes. (Antara/Yulius Satria Wijaya)

A joint search and rescue (SAR) team has recovered the body of a third victim killed in a flash flood that hit three subdistricts at the foot of Mount Salak in Sukabumi regency, West Java, on Monday.

The victim, 25-year-old Jajo, was found within a 15-kilometer radius from the scene on Thursday. The other two victims, 58-year-old Jeje and 70-year-old Hasyim, were found the day after the disaster.

SAR mission coordinator Hendra Sudirman said a team of 10 people had searched a 20-kilometer stretch of the Citatih River, as well 10 kilometers of land near the location of the incident.

“[Jajo] was immediately transported to Sekarwangi Hospital,” Hendra said in a recent statement, adding that the victim was found at around 3 p.m.

According to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), the flooding affected 11 villages, injured at least 10 people, displaced 78 others and damaged 127 houses.

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BNPB spokesman Raditya Jati said the flooding was caused by a high volume of rain in Sukabumi, causing erosion and sedimentation in the river area and forming a natural weir in the upper reaches of the river.

When the ecosystem was disrupted due to the high pressure of the rain water, the natural weir produced a large and rapid runoff of water with mud, he added.

Raditya said that based on monitoring and evaluation, the flash flood occurred after the Citarik, Cipeucit and Cibojong rivers overflowed.

West Java Disaster Mitigation Agency emergency head Budi Budiman Wahyu said the flash flood damaged six bridges and a public prayer room. (syk)