Indonesia records 2,059 natural disasters during Jan-Sept 2020

Indonesia records 2,059 natural disasters during Jan-Sept 2020

A landslide hit Sorong Manoi, West Papua, and caused the death of one person on Sept 18, 2020. ANTARA/HO-Pusdatinkom BNPB/am.

Jakarta (ANTARA) - The National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) recorded 2,059 natural disasters that struck Indonesia during the period from January to September 20, with the number of deaths reaching 282.

Most disasters were hydrometeorological in nature, or disasters that occurred as a result of the meteorological phenomena, the BNPB tweeted on Sunday.

Indonesia was hit by 771 incidents of floods, 534 whirlwinds, and 377 landslides.

The natural disasters had affected and displaced a total of 4.2 million people, claimed 282 lives, and rendered 25 people missing while causing injuries to 427 others.

Furthermore, the natural disasters damaged 30,655 homes and 1,419 public facilities.

The country also recorded a total of 302 forest and land fires as well as five volcanic eruptions.

The BNPB also reported non-natural disasters in the form of the COVID-19 epidemic, with the number of confirmed cases totaling 244,676.

A total of 9,553 people succumbed to COVID-19, while 177,327 recoveries were recorded since President Joko Widodo announced the country's first confirmed COVID-19 cases on March 2, 2020. Related news: Governor, Minister Hadimuljono observe North Luwu's disaster-hit zone
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