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A number of areas in West Sumatra hit by floods and landslides, killing 50

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Jakarta, IO – Floods and landslides triggered by heavy rain and overflowing rivers hit a number of areas in West Sumatra on Saturday (11/5) and Sunday (12/5).

As of Monday (13/5), the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) noted that the number of injured and dead has continued to increase. To date, BNPB has recorded that 27 people are still missing, 50 people died, 37 people were injured and 3,396 others had to be evacuated.

BNPB head Lt. Gen. Suharyanto on Tuesday (14/5) said the search for victims would continue over the next few days.

“To help find those who are still missing, we will deploy heavy equipment because Basarnas only has a golden period of 6×24 hours,” said Suharyanto.

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In addition, emergency response status for cold lava floods and landslides has been declared in West Sumatra effective from Monday (13/5) until the next two weeks.

He said the joint team would focus on emergency disaster response measures in five affected regencies/municipalities, namely Agam, Tanah Datar, Padang Panjang, Padang, and Solok. (un)

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