At least 50 die, dozens injured in f lash f lood
JAKARTA, Indonesia – Flash flooding in the Indonesian province of Papua killed at least 50 people and injured 59 near the provincial capital, Jayapura, disaster officials said Sunday.
The number of victims is expected to rise as rescuers search for survivors in the town of Sentani, which was hit by the flood Saturday night.
In a separate episode in Jayapura, seven people were killed when a landslide crushed two houses, police said. The landslide appeared to have been set off by the same heavy rains that caused the flash flood.
Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman for Indonesia’s disaster management agency, said nine houses in Sentani were washed away and 150 others were flooded. An aircraft at the airport and two bridges were damaged.
Videos of the scene posted online showed floodwaters rushing through the town at night. People could be heard crying or calling for help.
By Sunday morning, videos showed people walking along a major street that was covered in mud. Nearby were damaged houses and debris. One video showed an airplane lying flat in the mud.