Bandung, W Java (ANTARA) - A whirlwind that struck certain areas of Sumedang and Bandung districts on Wednesday (Feb 21) caused injuries to 33 residents and inflicted damage to 534 buildings, according to the West Java Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD).

The damaged buildings were observed in the sub-districts of Jatinangor and Cimanggung in Sumedang District and the subdistricts of Rancaekek, Cicalengka, and Cileunyi in Bandung District, the agency revealed.

The whirlwind, or locally known as "puting beliung," also affected 413 households in Sumedang and 422 others in Bandung, spokesperson of the BPBD-West Java Office Hadi Rahmat stated here on Thursday.

The agency had provided the affected residents with 25 pieces of tarpaulin, while the local military and Social Affairs Ministry had also set up emergency tents for them, he revealed.

Rahmat stated that those injured by the collapsed building materials had been admitted to the Cicalengka and Kesehatan Kerja Public Hospitals to receive medical treatment.

ANTARA reported earlier that various parts of Indonesia are prone to natural disasters, such as earthquakes, tsunamis, landslides, and whirlwinds.

On Monday, November 2, 2020, for instance, a whirlwind swept through two neighborhood areas of Belinyu Sub-district, Bangka District, Bangka Belitung Islands Province, following torrential rains.

The whirlwind damaged 45 houses and four buildings used for motorcycle showrooms, according to the Bangka Belitung Islands Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD).

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