Indonesia: death toll from flash floods climbs to 89

VNA
The death toll from flash floods in Papua province, eastern Indonesia, rose to 89, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency said on March 19.

This aerial photo shows the area affected by flash floods in Sentani, Papua province, Indonesia, on March 18, 2019. Flash floods and mudslides triggered by downpours tore through mountainside villages in Indonesia’s easternmost province, killing dozens of

This aerial photo shows the area affected by flash floods in Sentani, Papua province, Indonesia, on March 18, 2019. Flash floods and mudslides triggered by downpours tore through mountainside villages in Indonesia’s easternmost province, killing dozens of

The number of dead is expected to rise as rescue workers are searching for 74 people reportedly missing.

The agency’s spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said about 6,800 residents were evacuated to temporary shelters. 

According to him Sentani near the provincial capital of Jayapura is the worst hit area, where tonnes of mud, rocks and trees from a landslide on a mountain rolled down to a river that burst its banks, sweeping away residents.

Flash floods and landslide struck at the weekend after torrential rain fell on March 16 in Sentani, close to Jayapura city.

Indonesia is frequently hit by floods and landslides during the rainy season which runs from October to April.

In January, floods and landslides killed at least 70 people on Sulawesi island, while earlier this month hundreds in West Java province were forced to evacuate when torrential rains triggered severe flooding.

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