27 dead in floods, land­slides on In­done­sian is­land

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Obituaries - As­so­ci­ated Press

Tor­ren­tial rains 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 Satur­day.

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 29 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 and vil­lagers man­aged to res­cue 17 other chil­dren and sev­eral teach­ers on Fri­day and pulled out the body of a child on Satur­day near Aek Sal­adi river, close to the school.

A video ob­tained by The As­so­ci­ated Press showed rel­a­tives cry­ing be­sides their loved ones at a health clinic where the bod­ies of the chil­dren were ly­ing, cov­ered with blan­kets.

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