At least 22 dead in In­done­sia floods, land­slips

Oman Daily Observer - - ASIA -

MANDAIL­ING NATAL: At least 22 peo­ple have died and many are miss­ing af­ter heavy rain un­leashed flash floods and land­slides in western In­done­sia, an of­fi­cial said on Satur­day.

Heavy down­pours since Wed­nes­day trig­gered flood­ing and land­slides that hit sev­eral dis­tricts on Su­ma­tra is­land.

At least 17 peo­ple were con­firmed killed in the last three days in North Su­ma­tra prov­ince, while five oth­ers were killed in West Su­ma­tra, au­thor­i­ties said.

“Eleven stu­dents of an Is­lamic board­ing school in Muara Sal­adi vil­lage, Mandail­ing Natal dis­trict, North Su­ma­tra died on Fri­day af­ter­noon dur­ing class as they were struck by a build­ing which was de­stroyed by the flash floods,” spokesman for the na­tional disas­ter agency Su­topo Purwo Nu­groho said.

Dozens of houses have also been de­stroyed.

“The disas­ter and search and res­cue agency have gone to the dis­tricts but have been ham­pered by the land­slides in sev­eral ar­eas,” the head of North Su­ma­tra disas­ter agency Riadil Lu­bis said.

Land­slides and flood­ing are com­mon in In­done­sia, a vast trop­i­cal ar­chi­pel­ago prone to nat­u­ral dis­as­ters and tor­ren­tial down­pours.

In Fe­bru­ary, 12 peo­ple died when an avalanche of mud and rock cas­caded down a steep slope in cen­tral Java, In­done­sia’s main is­land.

In June 2016, nearly 50 peo­ple died when heavy down­pours sent tor­rents of wa­ter, mud and rock into vil­lages also in Cen­tral Java prov­ince.

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