Deadly flash floods hit Indonesia

Flash floods in Indonesia’s Papua province have killed at least 42 people, local officials said Sunday.

In addition, at least 21 people were reportedly left injured.

The flash flooding was due to torrential rain, which hit the provincial capital of Jayapura beginning Saturday.

Nine villages flooded

The water has submerged more than 150 houses in the Sentani area near Jayapura, said Sutopo Nugroho, spokesman for the National Disaster Management Agency.

He added that nine villages in Jayapura had been flooded and at least two bridges damaged. The water also triggered landslides in the area.

“Waters have now receded, leaving mud, logs and other materials carried by the flash floods,” Nugroho said in a statement.

More than 120 people whose houses were hit by the floods were taking shelter at government offices, he added, with authorities, the Red Cross and volunteers helping the displaced.

“Rescue and recovery efforts are still being carried out while aid is being distributed,” Nugroho said.  

Papua is Indonesia’s easternmost province. It shares an island with the nation of Papua New Guinea.

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cmb/cmk (dpa, Reuters)

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