Last Updated: Thursday, March 17, 2016

2 dead as worst flooding in 10 years hits Bandung, Indonesia

Worst flood in 10 years lashed Bandung District, West Java Province claiming lives of two people, Antara, the official news agency of the government of Indonesia said.

Heavy downpour caused the overflow of the Citarum River leaving two dead and three others missing. Fatalities included a 13-year-old teenager and a mother aged 40 years old. The father and his two daughters have been missing after being swept away by the flash flood.

"This flooding is the worst over the past 10 years. The floodwaters have reached a height of up to 3.3 meters," Coordinator of Bandungs Disaster-Alert Youth said Antara News Agency.

According to Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), rainfall caused flooding in 15 regions in Bandung District which include Cicalengka, Rancaekek, Cileunyi, Solokan Jeruk, Majalaya, Ciparay, Baleendah, Dayeuhkolot, Bojongsoang, Pameungpeuk, Banjaran, Arjasri, Cangkuang, Katapang and Kutawaringin.   

Recent floods in Bandung have submerged more than 35,000 houses displacing more than 8,000 people.