5 killed in W Sumatra`s landslides

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Floods and landslides triggered by heavy rains in Limapuluh Kota district, West Sumatra province, have killed five people and injured two others seriously, the National Disaster Mitigation Board (BNPB) said.

"The BPBD (the local disaster mitigation agency) is still assessing (the extent of damage)," Chief of the BNPB Data and Information Center and Public Relations Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said here on Saturday.

The fatalities are identified as Doni Fernandes (31), Teja (19), Yogi Saputra (23), Muklis alias Ujang (45) and Karudin (25), while the injured are identified as Syamsul Bahri (22) and Candra (42).

Efforts to mitigate the impact of the flood and landslide have been made since the disaster affected the district on Friday, he said.

The heavy rains caused Sumpur River to overflow its bank and landslides in several areas.

The floods and landslides affected the eight sub-districts of Pangkalan, Kapur IX, Mungka, Harau, Payakumbuh, Lareh Sago Halaban, Sulikik and Empat Barisan.

Sutopo said hundreds of houses were flooded, including 150 houses in Jorong Ranah Pasar, 50 in Jorong Ranah Baru and 50 in Jorong Abai.

"Five hamlets were isolated. The West Sumatra-Riau highway is cut off," he said.(*)

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