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Flood in Sumatra, Indonesia

In Indonesia's West Sumatra province on the island of Sumatra torrential rain has triggered flash floods, landslides, and cold lava flow creating a mud-like mixture of volcanic ash, rock debris and water. At least 43 people have lost their lives and 15 remain missing.

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) has deployed around 400 personnel, including rescuers, police, and military to search for the missing people and organise evacuations of the worst affected areas. Several emergency management measures are currently in place, including restoring road access, removing landslide material, and coordinating with regional organizations.

The cold lava flow, known in Indonesia as a lahar, came from Mount Marapi, one of Sumatra's most active volcanoes. More than 20 people were killed when Marapi erupted in December. A series of eruptions have followed since.

Indonesia's meteorology agency, BMKG are forecasting that heavy rains in West Sumatra province are still expected until next week.

Nearby Sulawesi has also been badly affected

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Sentinel Asia activation for flood in Sumatra, Indonesia

Type of Event:Floods
Location of Event:Sumatra
Date of Charter Activation:2024-05-14
Time of Charter Activation:00:42
Time zone of Charter Activation:UTC+09:00
Charter Requestor:ADRC on behalf of National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN)
Activation ID:879
Project Management:Anjar Ilham Pambudi (National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN))
Value Adding:National Research and Innovation Agency
Indonesia (BRIN)
Jakrapong Tawala (UNITAR)


Comparison of flood and landslide at Tanah Datar Regency in West Sumatra

Copyright: Includes SPOT-7 material © Airbus DS (2024)
Includes Pleiades material © CNES (2024), Distribution Airbus DS.
Map produced by UN-SPIDER

Information about the Product

Acquired: SPOT-7: 17/05/2024
Pleiades: 17/05/2024

Source: SPOT-7 / Pleiades

Category: Delineation Map

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