Indonesia: West Papua Flashflood

Google Map of Wasior, West Papua, Indonesia

More than 80 people died and hundreds more are still missing after a flashflood devastated the remote town of Wasior in West Papua, Indonesia.

The town is now isolated which makes it difficult to transport emergency relief. Here is a report from the Indonesia Environmental Information Center

The collapse of local bridges has made it difficult for aid workers to gain access to villages and provide relief to homeless survivors. Tents, food and drinkable water are the prime necessities; the local government has sent flood assessment teams to Teluk Wondama district.

Blogger Melanophus is also trying to get more updates about the situation in Wasior

[…] banjir menutup bandara wasior sehingga pesawat batal terbang.

Flights are canceled since the flood sealed the Wasior airport.

The blogger is trying to learn updates from radio, however the bad reception made it nearly impossible:

Siang hari juga ada laporan kontributor RRI Manokwari terkait bencana banjir bandang tersebut sayangnya telingaku kurang bisa monitor dengan baik karena suara bunyi radio kresek-kresek.

That afternoon there was an update from the national radio (RRI) about the flash flood, unfortunately I can't monitor the situation well enough due to the radio's bad reception.

Malam ini aku mendapat info dari seorang teman yang sedang menjga keluarganya di UGD RSUD Manokwari. keluarganya adalah korman banjir bandang yang dievakuasi dengan helikopter dari Wasior soreh tadi.

Tonight, news came from a friend who's nursing the relatives at the ER of the Manokwari General Hospital. The family member was one of the victims of the flash flood and was evacuated from Wasior by helicopter.

seorang teman juga bercerita bahwa ada rekannya yang meninggal akibat tertimbun longsoran.

A friend told me that one of his colleagues passed away, buried by landslide.

Hingga sat ini belum ada berita pasti bagaimana kondisi terkini di Wasior karen sejumlah temna yang berada di sana tidak bisa dihubungi. kemungkinan jaringan telepon sibuk atau rusak.

Until now, there's no recent update from Wasior, most of my friends there can't be reached, the cellular network are either busy or disrupted.

Blogger Amos wrote a comment on his post:

Iya kita semua prihatin atas bencana ini. Kami juga sedang mengusahakan bantuan dan relawan untuk sesegera mungkin ke wasior memberikan bantuan.

We're all concerned about this disaster. We're working on help and sending volunteers to go to Wasior and help.

Here are some Facebook reactions

Perempuan Mencatat We express our condolences for the citizens of Wasior, West Papua, on the flood that had taken dozens of casualties and thousands refugee.
Chisato Tomimura Last week, I audited a logging company in Wasior, Papua. Two days after we left, the town of Wasior was hit by landslide and flood. 78 people died, and 85% of the town is now covered with debris, including the airport where we spent 8 hours waiting for a flight. If it had occurred 2 days earlier, or if our scheduled had delayed for 2 days, I would be dead now. Thank goodness I'm alive :)
Setiadi Sopandi ‎86 dead 66 missing in wasior, papua – seems no big deal compared to today's jakarta traffic & flash flood

GV author Carolina Rumuat contributed in the drafting of this post


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