Alexa Indonesia floods, mudslides: death toll rises to 89 

Dhaka, Wednesday   24 July 2019

Indonesia floods, mudslides: death toll rises to 89 

 Staff Correspondent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 12:39 PM, 19 March 2019   Updated: 02:46 PM, 19 March 2019

Aerial view shows the area affected by flash floods in Sentani, Papua province, Indonesia

Aerial view shows the area affected by flash floods in Sentani, Papua province, Indonesia

The death toll from flash floods and mudslides triggered by torrential downpours in eastern Indonesia has risen to 89, with dozens of others missing.

National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho says the worst-hit area from the flooding was Sentani subdistrict, where tons of mud, rocks, and trees from a landslide on a mountain rolled down to a river that burst its banks, sweeping away residents.

“89 bodies had been pulled from the mud and wreckage of crumpled homes and 159 people were injured. Rescuers were searching for 74 residents reportedly missing,” Purwo Nugroho said on Tuesday. 

Papua military spokesman Col. Muhammad Aidi said that more than 1,600 rescuers, including police and soldiers, were facing difficulties clearing huge piles of debris due to shortages of heavy equipment.

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