Indonesia: Over 6,000 people displaced as floods hit Java province

Evacuation was underway, with the operation being carried out by soldiers, police, personnel from local search and rescue offices

By: IANS | Jakarta | Published:November 15, 2016 8:34 am

Over 6,000 people were displaced due to major floods that hit parts of Indonesia’s West Java province, an official said on Tuesday. The floods have submerged over 5,000 houses, 12 mosques, four school buildings and more than 100 hectares of paddy field, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman of the national disaster agency, told Xinhua news agency.

Evacuation was underway, with the operation being carried out by soldiers, police, personnel from local search and rescue offices and local disaster agencies, he said. Flood relief was also flowing into the evacuation centres, Sutopo added.