KARANGASEM, Indonesia – At least 19 people have died and thousands have been affected by floods and landslides caused by tropical depression Cempaka in Indonesia’s Java island, official sources said Wednesday.
In a statement, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, director of information at the Indonesian National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB), said 15 people lost their lives in landslides and four died in floods.
The statement added 11 people died in Pacitan, three in Yogyakarta, two in Wonogiri, one in Bantul, one in Gunung Kidul and one in Wonosobo.
The most affected areas were were Pacitan, Ponorogo, Yogyakarta and Wonogiri, according to BNPB.
BNPB chief in Wonogiri, Bambang Haryanto, told reporters these are the worst floods in 10 years in this regency, which has a population of some 940,000 people and is located around 500 kilometers (310 miles) southeast of Jakarta.
Cempaka lashed Java on Tuesday with sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour and was preceded by heavy rainfall that forced the evacuation of more than 4,000 people.
Meteorologists expect the tropical depression, which has also caused waves of up to six meters (19.7 feet) high, to leave Indonesia on Thursday.
Indonesia witnesses floods and landslides every year, especially during the rainy season, which is at its peak between December and February.