Floods in Sorong City. (free translation from ANTARA) – The Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) of Sorong City, West Papua Province stated that the victims died from landslides and floods in this area on Thursday, increasing by one person to four.
Sorong City BPBD head Herlin Sasabone when confirmed in Sorong on Thursday night, confirmed that the reports received by victims of floods and landslides had increased by one person to four.
He said, reports received from the field team that the first victims were reported to have died were three people, namely Afandi Hataul and Faris due to landslides and Isak Ananias due to electric shock around 21:00 CET.
He explained that one person named Jafar Kalbarin was reported dead in a landslide around 22:00 CET, so that the death toll was four.
According to him, four victims died due to landslides and floods all located in Klademak II and Klademak III of Sorong.
“The injured were only recorded three people. BPBD Sorong is still waiting for data on other injured victims and the number of houses submerged by floods and buried by landslides,” he said.
Sorong is the largest city of the Indonesian province of West Papua. The city is located on the western tip of the island of New Guinea with its only land borders being with Sorong Regency. It is the gateway to Indonesia’s Raja Ampat Islands, species rich coral reef islands in an area considered the heart of the world’s coral reef biodiversity. It also is the logistics hub for Indonesia’s thriving eastern oil and gas frontier. Sorong has experienced exponential growth since 2010, and further growth is anticipated as Sorong becomes linked by road to other frontier towns in Papua’s Bird’s Head Peninsula. The city had a population of 190,625 at the 2010 Census; the latest official estimate (as at January 2014) is 219,958. It is served by Domine Eduard Osok Airport. (Wikipedia)