Sukabumi, W Java (ANTARA) - Sukabumi's Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) has warned several hundred residents of Cibatuhilir Hamlet in Cibadak Subdistrict, Sukabumi District, West Java, to stay alert over potential landslides during the rainy season.

"According to our assessment, the landslide that struck Cibatuhilir Hamlet of Sukarwangi Village on Wednesday at about 6:30 a.m. local time has left 12 houses destroyed," spokesperson of the BPBD-Sukabumi Office Sandra Fitria said here on Wednesday (January 24).

Fitria noted that as a result, 15 families, or 51 residents, got displaced. She remarked that the disaster also came as a warning to 75 other households to stay vigilant during heavy or moderate rains.

Hence, if landslides recur in future, they need to move to safer places to minimize casualties, Fitria said.

ANTARA reported earlier that this year's rainy season had triggered flooding and landslides in several areas in Indonesia.

In Banten, whose regions share a land border with Sukabumi District, the provincial government has urged motorists and drivers to stay alert while traveling on five road sections in Lebak District that are vulnerable to landslides during the rainy season.

The road sections comprise Cipanas-Ciparay, Gunung Luhur-Cipulus, Ciparay-Cikumpay, Bayah-Cikotok, and Picung-Malingping-Simpang, according to Banten's Public Works and Housing (PUPR) Office.

The vulnerable road sections are located in mountainous and hilly areas, head of the Highway and Bridge Management Unit of Banten's PUPR Office, Agus Mufariq, said.

Last week, a landslide struck the Gunung Luhir-Cipulus road section, he remarked, adding that no motorists or drivers passing through the road were harmed.

In Southeast Sulawesi, floods, triggered by heavy rainfall, inundated 1,011 homes in the sub-districts of Kolaka, Latambaga, Samaturu, Wolo, and Iwoimendaa in Kolaka District.

In Jambi Province, floods caused by intense downpours damaged 2,570 hectares of agricultural land and left two residents dead.

The flash floods also triggered landslides in the districts of Kerinci, Bungo, Tebo, Batanghari, and Merangin, as well as Sungai Penuh City.

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