Teluk Wondama: The airport in a
flooded Indonesian region reopened and roads were largely
cleared of debris today, speeding aid deliveries to the
stricken area where more than 100 villagers died and dozens
more are missing.
Days of torrential downpours caused a flood disaster that
severely damaged thousands of buildings, roads and bridges in
five mountainside villages in West Papua province, on an
eastern island in the vast tropical archipelago.
In the worst-hit town of Wasior, a river burst its banks
Monday and swept away people in a fast-moving wall of water,
logs and mud.
Today, the local airport had reopened, easing the
delivery of tents, food, clean water and medical supplies for
more than 5,000 people displaced, said Dortheis Sawaki, who
heads the provincial relief agency.
She said 104 people bodies had been recovered by today
afternoon, but with an equal number still missing, the toll
was expected to rise.
"It`s a tragedy," Sawaki, added. "The smell of rotting
corpses is everywhere. Power is down. There`s no clean water."