Floods and land­slides leave 22 dead, 15 miss­ing in In­done­sia

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JAKARTA: Tor­ren­tial rains trig­gered flash floods and land­slides on the In­done­sian is­land of Su­ma­tra, killing at least 22 peo­ple, mostly chil­dren at a school, and leav­ing 15 oth­ers miss­ing, of­fi­cials said.

A flash flood with mud and de­bris from land­slides struck Mandail­ing Natal dis­trict in North Su­ma­tra prov­ince and smashed an Is­lamic school in Muara Sal­adi vil­lage, where 21 chil­dren were swept away on Fri­day af­ter­noon, said lo­cal po­lice chief Ir­san Sin­uhaji.

He said res­cuers re­trieved the bod­ies of 11 chil­dren from mud and rub­ble hours later.

The Na­tional Disas­ter Mit­i­ga­tion Agency’s spokesman, Su­topo Purwo Nu­groho, said res­cuers were search­ing for 10 other chil­dren still miss­ing.

Nu­groho said two bod­ies were found early yes­ter­day from a car washed away by floods in Mandail­ing Natal, where 17 houses col­lapsed and five were swept away. Hun­dreds of other homes were flooded up to 2m-high, while land­slides oc­curred in eight ar­eas.

Four vil­lagers were killed af­ter land­slides hit 29 houses and flooded about 100 build­ings in neigh­bour­ing Si­bolga dis­trict, Nu­groho said.

He said flash floods also smashed sev­eral vil­lages in West Su­ma­tra prov­ince’s Tanah Datar dis­trict, killing four peo­ple, in­clud­ing two chil­dren, and leav­ing three miss­ing.

Land­slides and flood­ing in West Pasaman dis­trict killed a vil­lager and left two miss­ing af­ter 500 houses flooded and three bridges col­lapsed.

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