In Indonesia, floods kill dozens of people

In Indonesia, floods kill dozens of people
In Indonesia, floods kill dozens of people

Floods and cold lava flows on the island of Sumatra, in western Indonesia, have killed at least 41 people, authorities announced on Monday.

At least 41 people have died and 17 others are missing after floods and cold lava flows on the island of Sumatra, in western Indonesia, a government official told AFP on Monday, May 13. local disaster management agency.

Torrential rains fell for several hours on Saturday evening around 10:20 p.m. local time (3:30 p.m. GMT) in the Agam and Tanah Datar districts of West Sumatra, causing flash floods and landslides. of cold lava coming from Mount Marapi, a volcano on the island.

During the night from Sunday to Monday, “we recorded 37 dead victims… But since this morning (Monday), the figure has increased further, reaching 41” dead, declared Ilham Wahab, spokesperson for the agency. disaster management of West Sumatra. He added that rescuers were searching for 17 people still missing.

Three people are missing in Agam district and 14 in Tanah Datar district, the two areas most affected by the floods and home to hundreds of thousands of people, Ilham Wahab said.

The official could not confirm the number of people evacuated because authorities encouraged “people to evacuate to their loved ones’ places of residence, which are safer” than the tents erected by relief workers in such circumstances.

With AFP

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