LATEST NATURAL DISASTERS IN INDONESIA


Floods Hit Pasuruan, Three People Killed
January 31, 2008, 10:00 am
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Three people have been killed and more than a dozen injured in floods in Indonesia’s densely-populated East Java province following heavy rains, a health ministry official said Thursday.

“Three people were killed, four hospitalised and 10 others injured in the Pasuruan floods,” the official, Rustam Pakaya, told AFP.

More than 10,000 houses in 30 villages in Pasuruan district have been flooded as a result of heavy downpours since Wednesday, Pakaya was quoted as saying on news website Detikcom.

About 45 houses were completely destroyed, he said, with water levels reaching 2.5 metres (eight feet) at its high point.

At least two districts on Sulawesi island were also flooded but no casualties were reported, Pakaya told AFP.

Torrential rains across Central and East Java provinces at the start of the year triggered landslides and floods that killed more than 100 people and displaced tens of thousands.

Landslides and flooding are common in Indonesia during the rainy season, which hits its peak from December to February. (*)

 

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