At least fifty people, including a number of children, have died, with several hundred still missing ans fifty nine being treated in hospitals for a variety of serious injuries, with several thousands having been made homeless, following a series of landslips and floods around in the Sentani Subdistrict of Papua Province, Indonesia, on Saturday 16 March 2019. The worst of the flooding appears to have occurred after a landslip partially blocked the path of an already swollen river, causing it to burst its banks.
The flooding and landslips have been linked to heavy rains in the area, which has been experiencing a particularly severe rainy season this year. 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 winds that drive the Northeast and Southwest Monsoons in Southeast Asia. Mynewshub.
Diagrammatic representation of wind and rainfall patterns in a tropical monsoon climate. Geosciences/University of Arizona.
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