At least 50 die, dozens in­jured in f lash f lood

The Buffalo News - - WORLD NEWS -

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.

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