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Heavy downpours trigger flooding in Biak, Papua
May 5, 2008, 6:47 pm
Filed under: Flood, Landslide

Biak, Papua (ANTARA News) – Heavy Downpours triggered flooding in
Biak subdistrict, Biak Numfor District here on Saturday.

Floodwaters reaching a height of 20 cm to 50 cm inundated several
houses on Sisinggamangaraja street and several other streets.

“Roads and houses have been flooded due to the heavy rains over the
past few hours in Biak,” Putra, a resident of Biak, said.

La Nina-induced downpours have lately triggered floods in several
Indonesian provinces such as West Sumatra, Central Sulawesi, South
Sulawesi and Central Kalimantan.

La Nina is expected to continue for the next two months based on
current atmospheric and oceanic conditions and recent trends,
according to the US Climate Prediction Center in its press release
recently.

“Expected La Nina impacts during April-June include a continuation of
above-average precipitation over Indonesia and below-average
precipitation over the central equatorial Pacific,” the statement
said.
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