At least 27 die in flash floods and land­slips across Su­ma­tra

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Tor­ren­tial rain trig­gered flash floods and land­slides on the In­done­sian is­land of Su­ma­tra, killing at least 27 peo­ple in­clud­ing a dozen chil­dren at a school, of­fi­cials said last night.

A flash flood with mud and de­bris from land­slides swept into Mandail­ing Natal dis­trict in North Su­ma­tra prov­ince and smashed an Is­lamic school in Muara Sal­adi vil­lage.

There 29 chil­dren were swept away on Fri­day af­ter­noon, the lo­cal po­lice chief Ir­san Sin­uhaji said.

Mr Sin­uhaji 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 and vil­lagers saved 17 other chil­dren and sev­eral teach­ers on Fri­day, and yes­ter­day pulled out the body of a child near Aek Sal­adi river, close to the school.

A video showed rel­a­tives cry­ing be­sides the bod­ies of their loved ones at a health clinic.

Mr Nu­groho said two bod­ies were found early yes­ter­day from a car washed away by floods in Mandail­ing Natal, where 17 houses col­lapsed and 12 were swept away. Hun­dreds of other homes were flooded up to two me­tres tall.

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

He said flash floods also smashed into sev­eral vil­lages in West Su­ma­tra prov­ince’s Tanah Datar dis­trict, killing five peo­ple in­clud­ing two chil­dren, and left an­other miss­ing.

Land­slides and flood­ing in the neigh­bour­ing dis­tricts of Padang Paria­man and West Pasaman killed four vil­lagers af­ter 500 houses flooded and three bridges col­lapsed.

North and West Su­ma­tra prov­inces de­clared a week­long emer­gency relief pe­riod as hun­dreds of sur­vivors fled their hill­side homes to safer ground, fear­ing more of the moun­tain­side would col­lapse.

Sea­sonal down­pours cause fre­quent land­slides and floods each year in In­done­sia, a chain of 17,000 is­lands where mil­lions of peo­ple live in moun­tain­ous ar­eas or near flood plains.

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