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Flash floods kill at least 58 in Indonesia's Papua

SENTANI (INDONESIA): Flash floods in Indonesia's eastern Papua province have killed at least 58 people, an reliable said Sunday, as rescuers battled mud, rocks and fallen bushes seeking survivors.

The death toll used to be anticipated to upward thrust as emergency products and services struggled to achieve people in hard-hit areas, with more than 70 people injured and four,150 evacuated.

The floods — caused by way of torrential rain and landslides on Saturday — broken numerous properties in the northeastern the city of Sentani, said nationwide catastrophe company spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.

"The number of casualties and impact of the disaster will likely increase as search and rescue teams are still trying to reach other affected areas," he said.

The waters had receded however officials had been still trying to evacuate people from areas obstructed by way of "fallen trees, rocks, mud and other material", Nugroho added.

In Doyo, some of the affected areas, a housing complicated used to be littered with huge rocks believed to have rolled down from a nearby mountain, an AFP reporter at the scene said.

Sediment and waste swept by way of the floods piled up on the pavement.

The continuous wail of ambulance sirens may well be heard, as heavy equipment used to be used to clear the roads.

The government has announced a 14-day state of emergency, said Jayapura police leader Victor Dean Mackbon.

Video footage showed rescuers administering oxygen to a sufferer who appeared to be trapped beneath a fallen tree.

Officers rescued a five-month-old baby who used to be trapped for hours beneath the rubble, Papua army spokesman Muhammad Aidi said. The whereabouts of the fogeys are unknown.

A propeller plane lay partly crushed on a runway at the airport of nearby provincial capital Jayapura.

"The rain started last night and went on until around 1:00 am this morning," said Lilis Puji Hastuti, a 29-year-old mom of 2 babies in Sentani.

"Our space used to be flooded with thick mud ... we right away grabbed our valuables and ran to a neighbour's (two-storey) space to hunt refuge.

"It's difficult to get out of the area as a result of many roads are blocked ... I am apprehensive, unhappy and scared all of sudden," she informed AFP.

In Sentani, tents were arrange to soak up flood sufferers and treat the wounded.

Papua shares a border with impartial Papua New Guinea on an island just north of Australia.

Flooding is not unusual in Indonesia, particularly all through the wet season which runs from October to April.

In January, floods and landslides killed at least 70 people on Sulawesi island, while earlier this month loads in West Java province had been compelled to evacuate when torrential rains caused critical flooding.

The Southeast Asian archipelago of a few 17,000 islands is likely one of the maximum disaster-prone international locations on Earth, straddling the Pacific Ring of Fire, where tectonic plates collide. Earthquakes and volcanic eruptions are not unusual.

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