42 killed and many missing in Indonesia’s flash floods


More than 40 people have died and dozens are missing as flash floods hit Indonesia’s Papua province, a disaster official said on Sunday.

Torrential rains triggered the floods at around 6 p.m. in several villages in Jayapura district on Saturday.

(181225) — PANDEGLANG, Dec. 25, 2018 (Xinhua) — A security member checks debris at Tanjung Lesung Resort in Pandeglang, Banten Province, Indonesia, Dec. 25, 2018. The death toll from the tsunami triggered by a volcanic eruption in Sunda Strait of western Indonesia has climbed to 429 so far, with a total of 1,459 others injured, a spokesman of the national disaster agency said on Tuesday. (Xinhua/Zhang Keren)

At least 21 people were critically injured, Cory Simbolon, head of emergency unit of the provincial disaster management agency told Xinhua.

Over 3,000 people have been forced to flee home and take shelter elsewhere as dozens of houses, buildings, bridges and other infrastructure were damaged, Simbolon said.

Landslides upstream had accumulated soils at the river, hampering water flow. The flash floods occurred when that soil collapsed, National Disaster Management Agency Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.

PANDEGLANG, Dec. 23, 2018 (Xinhua) — Vehicles are seen among the debris after a tsunami hit Sunda Strait in Pandeglang, Banten province, in Indonesia, Dec. 23, 2018. The total casualty of a tsunami triggered by the eruption of Krakatau Child volcano has increased to 168 people in coastal areas of Sunda Strait of western Indonesia, disaster agency official said here on Sunday. The catastrophe killed at least 168 people, wounded at least 745 ones and collapsed a total of 430 houses and nine hotels, and caused damages to scores of ships. (Xinhua/Veri Sanovri/IANS)