close
This ad will auto close in 10 seconds

Indonesia flood toll rises to 148: Official

The death toll from flash floods that struck a remote region of eastern Indonesia last week climbed to at least 148 on Sunday, with more than a hundred people still missing, an official said.



Jakarta: The death toll from flash floods that struck a remote region of eastern Indonesia last week climbed to at least 148 on Sunday, with more than a hundred people still missing, an official said.

Rescue workers were still searching for survivors from the floods that hit West Papua province`s Teluk Wondama district last Monday following torrential downpours, Disaster Management Agency spokesman Priyadi Kardono told a news agency.

"At least 148 people were killed. About 123 people are still missing and the chances of them being found alive is slim. They could have been buried under rocks or swept to the sea," he said.

About 700 people were injured, 172 badly, Kardono said.

Those killed had reportedly drowned and been swept away by the powerful waters along with uprooted trees, rocks and debris.

Experts warned such events will become more common in the archipelago due to a combination of climate change, land
conversion and logging, which can contribute to landslides and
flash floods after monsoonal downpours.

Indonesia`s climatology agency said most parts of Indonesia had experienced torrential rains, strong winds, high waves and flooding due to extreme weather this year.

Bureau Report

From Zee News

0 Comment - Join the Discussions

trending

photo gallery

video


WION FEATURES

K8 Plus: Lenovo's new phone available @ Rs 10,999

Heavy security outside Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters in Sirsa as search operation begins

WATCH Exclusive: After Doklam standoff, India begins road construction near LAC

Hurricane Irma, rampaging through Caribbean, is most enduring super-storm on record

Three train derailments in 1 day, fourth accident narrowly-averted

China says Indian Army chief's views contrary to those expressed by Modi, Xi