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Landslides kill at least 40 in Indonesia JAKARTA - After days of heavy rain, landslides killed at least 40 people on the island of Flores earlier today. 30 more are probably buried under the mud and have not been found yet. Local authorities had to find a way through blocked roads to bring in emergency aid to the affected areas and to find survivors, Pustam Pakaya, chief of the Health Department's crisis center in Jakarta told.

"We have not been able to get heavy machinery to the villages, because landslides have also cut off the main road to the area," he said, Downed telephone lines ware also hindering the relief effort. "Many parts of the road also have collapsed." Lt. Col. Ginting Santoso, a local police chief told Metro TV that 40 bodies had been recovered from two landslide areas. Rescuers were still searching for at least 29 missing people as well.

State news agency Antara also reported landslides in at least 15 other districts. There houses were buried and vehicles damaged. Main roads were said to be blocked in at least 20 locations. Instant noodles, canned food, cooking oil and tents were being distributed to some districts on the island, about 1500 kilometers to the east from the capital Jakarta.



Posted in Weather @ 03 March 2007 14:59 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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