Sumatra Indonesia - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Sumatra Indonesia


Children among 30 killed in Indonesia matchstick factory fire

Jun 21, 2019 - 5:21 PM

(UPDATED) Pictures from the scene show blackened corpses lying on top of each other in the burnt-out house after the blaze, which authorities say broke out early Friday afternoon.

At least 22 dead in Indonesia floods and landslides

Oct 13, 2018 - 6:04 PM

At least 17 people are confirmed killed in the last 3 days in North Sumatra province, while 5 others are killed in West Sumatra

LANDSLIDE. A woman with a suitcase makes her way along a destroyed road in Palu in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi on October 2, 2018, after an earthquake and tsunami hit the area on September 28. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Number missing in Indonesia ferry disaster jumps to nearly 180 –police

Jun 20, 2018 - 4:26 PM

The situation sparks confusion – and different estimates from various agencies – about the number of people on board. Police say there are as many as 178 people missing, which if confirmed would make it one of Indonesia's worst maritime disasters.

SEARCHING FOR THE MISSING. A woman shows a photo of her family members, passengers who are missing after a boat capsized on June 18, on her smartphone at the Lake Toba ferry port in the province of North Sumatra on June 20, 2018. Photo by Ivan Damanik/AFP

Indonesian tsunami warning buoys not working when quake hit

Mar 03, 2016 - 8:46 PM

The process of confirming that a tsunami had not occurred was hindered because none of the country s 22 early warning buoys were working

Indonesia declares a state of emergency in haze-choked province

Sep 14, 2015 - 7:08 PM

Fourteen helicopters were dumping water on blazes on western Sumatra island and the Indonesian part of Borneo island as haze thickened and pushed air quality to unhealthy levels in neighboring Singapore and Malaysia

SMOG. Forest fires have caused widespread smog across the country and neighboring nations. Photo by AFP

West Sumatra: Top 6 must-see spots

Oct 04, 2014 - 9:31 AM

From gigantic granite cliffs and palm tree lined beaches to historic palaces and architectural feats West Sumatra has it all

HISTORIC PALACE. Istana Baso Pagaruyung is the former royal palace housing the Pagaruyung Kingdom

6.2-magnitude earthquake strikes off Indonesia: USGS

May 18, 2014 - 10:46 AM

No reports of damage and a tsunami warning was not issued

Indonesian volcano erupts 30 times as 20,000 displaced

Jan 04, 2014 - 5:21 PM

Mount Sinabung on the western island of Sumatra sends rivers of lava flowing through an evacuation zone and columns of volcanic cloud up as high as 4 000 meters