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At least 101 confirmed dead in Langkat flood, 117 missing JAKARTA - The confirmed death toll from a flash flood blamed on illegal logging in North Sumatra province stands at 101 while 117 people are still missing and feared dead, a rescue official said Thursday. "As of last night 101 bodies have been found while 117 are still missing," said Johnny Sitorus of the search and rescue office in the provincial capital Medan.
Hopes of finding the missing alive are slim, he said. Although rescuers in recent days have given different figures for the number reported missing, at least 200 people are feared dead after the flood swept through the resort town of Bahorok on Sunday night. Among those killed were five foreigners. About 450 homes or other structures were destroyed along with 35 resort cottages, two mosques and eight bridges.
Senior officials including Vice President Hamzah Haz have said rampant illegal logging in the neighbouring Gunung Leuser national park helped cause the disaster. Bahorok, 96 kilometres (60 miles) northwest of Medan, is on the eastern fringes of the park. It is the home of a famed orangutan refuge, which is popular with tourists who also go trekking and white-water rafting in the area. Environment minister Nabiel Makarim on Wednesday branded illegal loggers as terrorists.



Posted in Weather @ 06 November 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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