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Bogor Tornado Kills One, Damages 850 Houses

The Bogor Police have reported that a tornado hit Bogor municipality in West Java on Thursday afternoon at around 3pm, killing one and damaging 848 houses and five vehicles.

The victim, identified as Enny Reno, 46, a resident of the Bogor Nirwana Residence housing complex in South Bogor, was killed after a tree fell onto her car while she was driving.

“The victim died because of a tree that fell on the vehicle she drove,” Bogor Police chief Sr. Comr. Ulung Sampurna Jaya said in a statement on Friday, adding that other damages occurred in South Bogor and East Bogor subdistricts.

The tornado toppled 20 trees in three villages. The fallen trees damaged three private cars and two public minivans.

Ulung said the police had built temporary shelters and public kitchens for those affected by the tornado and his side deployed police officers to work in the affected areas.

Bogor Mayor Bima Arya said in a written statement that the administration, the police, the military, the Bogor disaster mitigation team and emergency response unit Tagana were continuing to assess the damages and evacuate residents.

He called for people to stay alert, exercise caution when using vehicles in heavy rain and avoid parking below trees.

Source: Jakarta Post

Photo: ANTARA FOTO/Hafidz Mubarak A

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