Flash floods kill dozens in Indonesian Papua

Jakarta: About 50 people were killed after flash floods and landslides hit the capital of Indonesia's Papua province, police said on Sunday.

"There about 50 bodies at the hospital as a result of floods and landslides," Papua police spokesman Suryadi Diaz said.

Waters began inundating nine villages in Papua's capital Jayapura late on Saturday following heavy rain, said Sutopo Nugroho, spokesman for the National Disaster Management Agency.

Many areas in the provincial capital Jaypura have been affected by flash flooding due to heavy rain. Credit:Jaypura Police

More than 150 houses were submerged in the Sentani area, he added.


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