Asian floods hit In­done­sia

Townsville Bulletin - - Just Briefly -

FLOODINGin­re­mote north­west­ern In­done­sia has swept away thou­sands of houses and killed at least 122 peo­ple, of­fi­cials said, as Malaysia braced for more tor­ren­tial rain and wind.

In­done­sian au­thor­i­ties have de­ployed boats and he­li­copters to shift aid to sur­vivors of flash floods and land­slides that days ago dis­placed more than 400,000.

Of­fi­cials were still eval­u­at­ing the ex­tent of dam­age, be­cause some of the hard­est-hit ar­eas were in re­mote jun­gle or be­yond washed-out roads and bridges.

But the Aceh dis­as­ter re­lief task force have said that more than 13,000 homes across six dis­tricts had been se­verely dam­aged or washed away en­tirely.

Nearly 200 peo­ple are still miss­ing in Aceh, the prov­ince hard­est hit by the 2004 tsunami.

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