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Flash floods, mudslides kill 63 in Indonesia

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Sixty-three people lost their lives in floods and mudslides triggered by days of torrential rain in Indonesia's easternmost province, officials confirmed on Sunday.

Rescuers were able to evacuate 63 bodies from the mud and are still continuing their as dozens of other people are reportedly missing in the floods that struck district on Saturday night, reported.

Al Jazeera quoted saying that floods and landslides destroyed houses and roads, along with injuring as many as 59 people as of now who have been shifted to the hospital.

The rescue operations in the region are also hampered due to damaged

Nugroho further noted that the number of dead and injured may increase since many affected areas in the region have not been reached by rescue efforts.

"We are overwhelmed by too many injuries," said Haerul Lee, of (capital of province) Health Office, adding that some medical facilities had been hit by power outages. "We can't handle it alone."

Amid the emergency conditions in the region, Papua's provincial administration has declared a two-week emergency in order to get assistance from the

Indonesia's said that rescuers have evacuated more than 4,000 people and have shifted them to temporary shelters till the crisis is resolved.

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First Published: Sun, March 17 2019. 17:58 IST