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Flood wreaks havoc in Indonesia, 41 people dead so far…17 missing

Padang. The dire consequences of the devastation caused by the sudden flood on Sumatra island of Indonesia are visible from the increasing number of dead bodies. After finding a large number of bodies in the last few days, rescue workers also searched for the bodies on Monday. So far 41 people have died and 17 have gone missing due to cold lava coming out of Mount Merapi and landslides due to heavy monsoon rains. National Disaster Management Agency spokesman Abdul Muhari said flooding hit mountainside villages along four districts of West Sumatra province just before midnight Saturday.

People were swept away in the flood and about 200 houses and buildings were submerged. Ilham Wahab, head of the West Sumatra disaster mitigation agency, said rescue teams recovered more bodies on Monday, most of them from villages in the Agam and Tanah Datar districts that were hardest hit. The death toll has reached 41. He said relief efforts were being hampered by bad weather, damaged roads and roads blocked by debris. He said at least 19 people were injured in the floods and rescue workers were searching for 17 missing villagers.

Padang Panjang police chief Karthyana Putra said on Sunday that flash floods on Saturday night also left main roads around the Anai Valley Waterfall area in Tanah Datar district blocked by mud, blocking access to other towns. Late last year, 23 climbers were killed in the sudden eruption of Mount Merapi.

According to Indonesia’s Center for Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation, Merapi is known for sudden eruptions. Eruptions at Merapi are difficult to predict because the source is shallow and near the summit. Merapi volcano has been active since an eruption in January 2024 that caused no casualties. It is one of more than 120 active volcanoes in Indonesia. Due to its location on the Pacific ‘Ring of Fire’ the country experiences seismic fluctuations.

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