At the least 50 folks were killed by flash floods in Indonesia’s eastern Papua province, an respectable said on Sunday, as rescuers raced to search out extra victims of the catastrophe.
The floods in Sentani, come the provincial capital of Jayapura, were triggered by torrential rain and subsequent landslides on Saturday, and furthermore left 59 folks injured.
Dozens of properties were damaged by floodwaters, nationwide catastrophe company spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.
“The series of casualties and affect of the catastrophe will seemingly amplify as search and rescue groups are peaceable attempting to reach other affected areas,” he added.
“The floods were seemingly caused by a landslide.” The waters had receded but officials were peaceable attempting to evacuate folks.
“The joint search and rescue groups are peaceable doing evacuations and no longer all affected areas were reached due to fallen bushes, rocks, mud and other self-discipline cloth,” Nugroho said.
Video footage from the scene confirmed rescuers administering oxygen to a victim who seemed trapped beneath a fallen tree.
Uprooted bushes and other debris were strewn across muddy roads, whereas at Jayapura”s little airport a propeller plane lay partly beaten on a runway.
Papua shares a border with independent Papua Original Guinea on an island correct north of Australia.
Flooding is no longer bizarre in Indonesia, especially right by strategy of the rainy season which runs from October to April.
In January, floods and landslides killed a minimum of 70 folks on Sulawesi island, whereas earlier this month hundreds in West Java province were pressured to evacuate when torrential rains triggered severe flooding.
The Southeast Asian archipelago of some 17,000 islands is one in every of the most catastrophe-inclined nations on Earth, straddling the Pacific Ring of Fire, where tectonic plates collide.
Earthquakes and volcanic eruptions are classic.
In December, the western share of Java island became as soon as slammed by a deadly volcano-triggered tsunami that killed about 400 folks.
Additionally final year, town of Palu in Sulawesi became as soon as rocked by a quake-tsunami catastrophe that killed thousands, whereas hundreds of others died in a series of quakes that hit the holiday island of Lombok, subsequent to Bali.
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