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Indonesia Flash Floods, Mudslides Claim 50

17 Mar 2019 The Killid Group

At least 50 people, including children, were killed as flash floods and mudslides triggered by days of torrential downpours tore through mountainside villages in Indonesia's easternmost province, disaster officials said Sunday.

The disaster in Papua province's Jayapura district submerged hundreds of houses in neck-high water and mud, said National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho. The floods and slides also destroyed roads and bridges, hampering rescue efforts, AP wrote.

Nugroho said 50 bodies had been pulled from the mud and wreckage of crumpled homes by Sunday, and another 59 people were landed in hospital – many with broken bones and head wounds.

According to Nugroho, death toll will likely raise since many affected areas have not been reached for help.

"We are overwhelmed by too many injuries," said Haerul Lee, the head of Jayapura health office, adding that some medical facilities had been hit by power outages. "We can't handle it alone," AP quoted.

Provincial authorities have declared a two-week emergency in order to get assistance from the central government, while extending help for the victims.

Papua military spokesman Col. Muhammad Aidi said the rescue team has helped save two injured infants who were trapped for hours. The parents of one of the child is reported dead as flood washed her away, including dozens others.

Meanwhile, Sources said rescuers have been evacuating more than 4,000 to temporary shelters, providing them with their basic needs and emergency aids.

Floods and landslides due to seasonal downpours in Indonesia has become a frequent disaster that claim countless lives and wreck shelters of Indonesian living mostly in mountainous areas.

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