Flash floods in eastern Indonesia kill at least 56

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
October 5, 2010 15:25

TELUK WONDAMA, Indonesia — Heavy rain unleashed flash floods and mudslides, killing at least 56 people in a remote corner of Indonesia that rescuers were struggling to reach, officials and witnesses said Tuesday.

With dozens still missing, residents in West Papua province's hillside village of Wasior were combing the mud in search of survivors, some with their bare hands. Hundreds of houses were destroyed — at least 30 of them completely flattened.

Navy ships carrying soldiers and police were on the way, as were several airplanes loaded down with tents, medical supplies and food.


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