KARANGASEM, Indonesia – At least 34 people have been killed by floods, landslides and tornados caused by tropical depression Cempaka in Indonesia’s most populated island of Java, officials said on Friday.
The storm has mainly hit 28 regions, although the worst affected is the southwest Pacitan district, where 20 people have died, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho of the Indonesian National Disaster Management Agency said in a statement.
Pacitan’s district chief, Indartato, declared a state of emergency in the area between Nov. 28-Dec. 4 in response to the floods.
Over 1,800 people have been evacuated in Pacitan alone, although the total number of people displaced across Java exceeds 4,000, Nugroho said.
In a statement on Thursday, the spokesperson had said that hundreds of thousands of houses and thousands of hectares of land had been flooded, while millions of people had been affected by the storm, with the economic losses estimated at trillions of rupiahs.
Cempaka made landfall in Java on Monday with sustained winds of 65 kilometers (40 miles) per hour and was preceded by heavy rainfall and 6-meter (20 feet) high waves, but weakened on Thursday.
Meteorologists have already warned of the presence of another storm in the Indian Ocean, Dahlia, located south-southeast of Jakarta and which is moving with sustained winds of 95 kph.
Indonesia witnesses floods and landslides every year, especially during the rainy season, which is at its peak between December and February.