Indonesia records 2,276 natural disasters since early January

Indonesia records 2,276 natural disasters since early January

A flash flood hit Pameungpeuk sub-distict, Garut district, West Java, on Monday (Oct 12, 2020). (ANTARA/HO-BPBD Garut)

Jakarta (ANTARA) - Indonesia recorded a total of 2,276 natural disasters in the year ending October 17, 2020, according to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB).

Most of the natural disasters were hydrometeorological disasters caused by meteorological/natural phenomena, the agency said in an official statement posted on Twitter on Saturday.

The natural disasters comprised 827 floods, 637 whirlwinds and 416 landslides.

The disasters affected 4.5 million people, with 307 people losing their lives, 25 people going missing and 469 people sustaining injuries. In addition, the disasters also caused light, moderate and serious damages to 35,176 houses and 1,481 public facilities.

The agency also recorded a total of 321 forest and land fires and five volcanic eruptions over the period of time..

Meanwhile, non-natural disasters include COVID-19 pandemic. Until Saturday (Oct 17), Indonesia reported 357,762 confirmed cases, with 381,592 people recovering from the infection and 12,431 others succumbing to it.

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