50 killed in Papua flash floods, landslides

At least 50 people were killed after flash floods and landslides hit the capital of Indonesia’s Papua province, officials said Sunday.

“There are 50 bodies at the hospital as a result of floods and landslides,” Papua police spokesman Suryadi Diaz said. 

Waters began inundating nine villages in Papua’s capital Jayapura late Saturday following heavy rain, said National Disaster Management Agency spokesman Sutopo Nugroho. 

More than 150 houses were submerged in the Sentani area, he added. 

A video released by the disaster agency showed a Twin Otter plane damaged after being swept away by floodwaters.

Sutopo said the scale of damage was still being assessed, but that waters had largely receded. 

“Rescue and recovery efforts are still being carried out while aid is being distributed,” he said.  

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