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Floods kill more than 70 on Sumatra island JAKARTA - Raging flood waters Sunday submerged houses and roads on Indonesia's Sumatra island, killing more than 70 people and forcing tens of thousands from their homes, officials and reports said. The worst hit region was in Tamiyang district eastern Aceh province on the northern tip of the island, said Nurdin Jos, an Aceh government spokesman.

"Rescuers have evacuated 60 bodies from villages in Aceh Tamiyang district, while dozens others are still reported still missing," he said. On Saturday, 14 people were confirmed dead in the floods. State news agency Antara reported 114 people had been killed, which were triggered by days of seasonal rain. At least 100,000 had fled their homes, officials and media reports said.

Antara said many homes had been completly submerged by the waters, while only the roofs of other buildings were visible. It quoted witnesses as saying many families were trapped on the roofs of their homes. Seasonal downpours cause dozens of landslides and flash floods each year in Indonesia, a sprawling archipelago of 17,000 islands, where millions of people live in mountainous areas or near fertile flood plains.

In June, severe flooding and landslides killed more than 210 people on Sulawesi island.



Posted in Flooding @ 24 December 2006 12:17 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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