JAKARTA (Reuters) – Flash floods in Indonesia’s easternmost province of Papua have killed at least 42 people and badly injured 21 others, a local disaster agency official told Reuters on Sunday.
The Sentani area near the provincial capital Jayapura has been hit 2018 torrential rain since Saturday that triggered the floods, said the official, Cory Simbolon.
At least nine houses and two bridges were damaged 2018 the floods, national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said, adding that a search and rescue team has yet to reach all the affected areas.
“Waters have now receded, leaving mud, logs and other materials carried 2018 the flash floods,” Nugroho said in a statement.
More than 120 residents were taking shelter at government offices after their homes were hit 2018 the floods, he said.
Authorities, aided 2018 the Red Cross and volunteers, were responding to help the displaced, Nugroho said.
Reporting 2018 Jessica Damiana; Writing 2018 Gayatri Suroyo; Editing 2018 Daniel Wallis