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इंडोनेशिया में अचानक आई बाढ़ में दर्जनों लोगों की मौत और घरों के जलमग्न होने के बाद और शव मिले

More Bodies Found in Indonesia After Flash Floods Killed Dozens and Submerged Homes

Rescuers have recovered more bodies after monsoon rains triggered flash floods on Indonesia’s Sumatra Island, bringing down torrents of cold lava and mud

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  • 13, May, 2024
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More Bodies Found in Indonesia After Flash Floods Killed Dozens and Submerged Homes

Indonesia's Sumatra Island was struck by tragedy as monsoon rains triggered flash floods, claiming the lives of 41 people with 17 still missing. The catastrophe, exacerbated by a landslide of mud and cold lava from Mount Marapi, inundated mountainside villages across four districts in West Sumatra province late Saturday.

The relentless downpour caused a river to breach its banks, unleashing torrents of cold lava and mud onto vulnerable communities. National Disaster Management Agency spokesperson Abdul Muhari reported that nearly 200 houses and buildings were submerged, many severely damaged.

Cold lava, scientifically termed lahar, is a perilous mixture of volcanic material and pebbles that cascades down a volcano's slopes during rainfall, adding to the devastation.

Efforts to assist affected areas were hindered by adverse weather conditions, damaged infrastructure, and obstructed access routes due to thick mud and debris. Despite these challenges, rescue teams continued to recover bodies, focusing on the hardest-hit villages in Agam and Tanah Datar districts.

Ilham Wahab, head of the West Sumatra Disaster Mitigation Agency, confirmed the rising death toll and emphasized the difficulties faced by responders. At least 19 individuals sustained injuries, while efforts to locate the missing villagers were ongoing.

Flash floods also disrupted transportation networks, with major roads near the Anai Valley Waterfall area blocked by mudslides, isolating communities from vital resources. Videos shared by the National Search and Rescue Agency depicted the grim aftermath, with once-familiar roads submerged under murky brown waters and villages buried beneath layers of mud, rocks, and debris.

Indonesia, prone to heavy rainfall and geological instability, frequently experiences landslides and flash floods, posing significant risks to its mountainous regions and floodplain communities. The recent disaster serves as a stark reminder of the country's vulnerability to natural calamities, highlighting the urgent need for enhanced disaster preparedness and mitigation measures.

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