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22 killed in Indonesia flash floods, landslides

IANS  |  J0akarta 

At least 22 people including children were killed and 15 others wounded as floods and landslides struck West and North provinces of Indonesia, officials said on Saturday.

The disaster also destroyed 48 houses while evacuation and for the missing were underway, said.

Among the casualties, there were 11 students of an Islamic school who died after being hit by collapsing buildings in Muara Saladi village of Mandailing during floods on Friday, Sutopo told

Scores of people were believed to be buried under the mud. The said that the death toll might rise as assessment of the aftermath was still underway.

floods also struck several villages in Tanah Datar and Pasaman districts of West province, damaging houses.

Meanwhile, landslides occurred in North Sumatra's Sibolga town, destroying scores of houses.

Soldiers, the police and rescuers were rushing to search and rescue the victims, but the operations were hampered by poor access, as the affected areas were remotely located near mountain with bad roads, said Sutopo.

The floods and landslides came after a series of catastrophes in Indonesia, including multiple strong quakes and an ensuing tsunami that left over 2,000 people dead in



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First Published: Sat, October 13 2018. 15:28 IST