Four people have died and another five injured following a landslide in the village of Ciapus in West Java, Indonesia, on Friday 15 February 2019. The incident happened at about 11.00 pm local time, following several hours of heavy rain in the area, undermining a house in which the nine people, all believed to be members of one family, were living. The house then collapsed gown the hillslope causing the deaths and injuries. Landslides are a common problem after severe weather events, as excess pore water pressure can overcome cohesion in soil and sediments, allowing them to flow like liquids. Approximately 90% of all landslides are caused by heavy rainfall. The four people who died have been identified as Nurhayati, 60, Imelda Yanti, 13, Dea Aprilia, 8 and Wildan, 3, while those injured were Saepuloh, 35, Santi Fitri Dewi, 27, Haryanti, 33, Dani, 35, and Septi, nine months. Several nearby properties have been evacuated as a precaution.
Residents of properties in Ciapus, West Java, evacuating their homes following a landslide on 15 February 2019. AFP.
Diagrammatic representation of wind and rainfall patterns in a tropical monsoon climate. Geosciences/University of Arizona.
Java has two distinct Monsoon Seasons, with a Northeast Monsoon driven by winds from the South China Sea that lasts from November to February and a Southwest Monsoon driven by winds from the southern Indian Ocean from March to October. Such a double Monsoon Season is common close to the equator, where the Sun is highest overhead around the equinoxes and lowest on the horizons around the solstices, making the solstices the coolest part of the year and the equinoxes the hottest.
The winds that drive the Northeast and Southwest Monsoons in Southeast Asia. Mynewshub.
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