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Indonesia    Indonesia   

Indonesia, officially the Republic of Indonesia, is a country in Southeast Asia and Oceania between the Indian and Pacific oceans. It consists of more than seventeen thousand islands, including Sumatra, Java, Sulawesi, and parts of Borneo and New Guinea. Wikipedia

CapitalJakarta Trending

Regional languages: Over 700 languages

Population: 270.6 million (2019) World Bank

PresidentJoko Widodo

Currency: Indonesian rupiah

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JAKARTA — Unrelenting heavy rainfall has plunged northern Indonesia, particularly Sumatra Island, into a state of crisis since August 13, triggering a cascade of devastating floods and treacherous landslides that have left a trail of destruction in their wake.

The ASEAN Disaster Information Network (ADINet) has provided harrowing reports, revealing that as of August 13, the toll of this catastrophic weather event has been felt most acutely in Pesisir Selatan Regency of West Sumatra Province. Startling figures indicate that nearly 2,000 individuals find themselves grappling with the aftermath, their lives upended by the torrents of water and the relentless landslips. Disturbingly, over 500 homes have been engulfed by the ferocious forces of nature, leaving families displaced and communities shattered.

As the beleaguered region contends with the immediate aftermath, there is a sense of urgency in the air. The coming 24 hours forecast an ominous turn of events, with meteorologists predicting an onslaught of very heavy rainfall that is poised to engulf the entirety of Sumatra Island. This forecast raises the specter of heightened peril and challenges for the region already reeling from the initial deluge.

Authorities and emergency response teams are working tirelessly to grapple with the mounting crisis, striving to provide aid and relief to those affected while bracing themselves for the looming threat of intensified rainfall. As the hours tick away, the eyes of the nation and the world remain fixed on this unfolding tragedy, hoping for respite and a swift recovery for the beleaguered communities of Sumatra.

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  2,000
      Affected Persons
    501
          Damaged Homes

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