BNPB records 1,118 natural disasters until April 14

BNPB records 1,118 natural disasters until April 14

A resident walks past a home damaged by a powerful earthquake in Majangtengah, Malang district, East Java on April 11, 2021. (ANTARA FOTO/Ari Bowo Sucipto)

Jakarta (ANTARA) - A total of 1,118 natural disasters struck various parts of Indonesia in the year ending April 14, 2021, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) reported.


The natural disasters comprised 473 floods, 305 whirlwinds, 217 landslides, 17 earthquakes, 90 forest and land fires, one drought, and 15 high tides and abrasions, the agency said in a statement released in Jakarta on Wednesday.


The natural disasters forced 4,901,400 people to flee their homes.


According to the agency, 472 people lost their lives, 60 people went missing, and 12,872 others sustained injuries in the disasters.


The disasters damaged 137,719 homes, with 24,987 houses sustaining severe damage, 25,926 houses moderate damage, and 86,806 houses suffering light damage.


Meanwhile, 2,547 public facilities were damaged, comprising 1,316 educational facilities, 926 places of worship, 305 health facilities, 402 offices, and 297 bridges, BNPB reported.


On April 13, 2021, the government declared the spread of COVID-19 as a non-natural national disaster.


Most of the natural disasters were reported in West Java (284), followed by East Java (157), Central Java (156), and Aceh (76). 


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