Flash Floods Caused by Earthquake Kills At Least 58 in Jayapura, Indonesia

Updated On 18 Mar, 2019 Published On

Flash floods and mudslides triggered by downpours in Indonesia's easternmost province has left at least 58 people killed and hundreds of homes destroyed, disaster officials have confirmed.

According to the officials, the landslide was caused by an earthquake that hit a popular waterfall on the tourist island of Lombok in Indonesia.

Floodwaters and landslides devasted roads and bridges in several areas of Jayapura district of Papua province.

A spokesman for the National Disaster Mitigation Agency, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, said on Sunday, March 17, that the flash floods occurred following days of torrential rains.

The dead people include three children who drowned in the floods that began shortly after midnight Saturday.

By Sunday, more than 58 bodies had reportedly been pulled from the mud and wreckage of devasted homes.

Moreover, at least 74 people were rushed to hospitals with major injuries. Many had their bones broken and heads wounded.

As the rescue teams have not been reached all the affected areas yet, officials said the number of dead and injured victims be increased.

Thousands of people in the city are in temporary shelters.

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