Over 107 people are known to have died and many more are still missing after flash floods and landslides tore through Indonesia’s Papua region on Saturday.
According to the national disaster management agency, the disaster also destroyed 357 houses, four bridges, eight school buildings, five religious buildings and other infrastructure facilities, scores have also been injured in the disaster, triggered by torrential rain on Saturday, with some 6,800 people evacuated to temporary shelters an official and rescuers said.
Meanwhile, the search for 93 missing others is focusing on residential areas buried by mud, rubble and wooden logs.
Report confirm by a spokesman Named Dodi Sambodo, of joint command post for emergency relief efforts at the province, said that the natural disaster, which hit Jayapura district at the weekend, left 84 people seriously injured and 75 others with minor injuries.
The spokesman said that the disaster also forced 9,691 people to flee their homes and take shelters at 20 evacuation centers, of which most were government office buildings.
“Rains keep pouring down; having shelters in buildings is favourable in this situation rather than tents.
“We plan to trim the number of the centres to six, in order to pave distribution of aids,’’ he told Xinhua on phone from Jayapura district.
“Meanwhile rescuers are searching for victims at residential areas where many houses were buried by mud, wooden logs and rubble.
“We believed many victims were buried under the mud, rubble and logs as we have retrieved several bodies from the areas,’’ Yudi Yanto, spokesman of the search and rescue office, said.