Indonesia's flood toll climbs to at least 109

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The death toll of flash floods in West Papua in the easternmost of Indonesia has risen to at least 109 people with 66 others still missing, the local Search and Rescue Office reported on Friday.

The number of victims is expected to rise, as it is predicted that many missing persons have not been reported, as the mud floods have killed all the members of family in one house, leaving no one report to the authorities, rescuer at the office Akit Pramono said.

"It seems that the floods have destroyed scores of houses and killed all of the family members inside, so no one reports about this. And some of these have not been known by rescuers or officials," he told Xinhua from the scene.

Rescuers still struggled to find at least 66 missing persons on the fifth day of the disaster at Wasior town of Teluk Wondama, said Pramono.

Official at the National Disaster Management Agency Furgot Hafid Setianto said that 185 people suffered from serious injury, most of whom had broken bones, and they were being treated at several nearby hospitals.

And 535 people got minor injury in the floods, he told Xinhua.

Coordinator of the rescue Muhammad Arifin has said that the rescue will be carried out by up to seven days.

Indonesian Forestry Minister Zulkipli Hassan and environmental activists have blamed rampant illegal logging over the disaster.

Local television footage has shown many logs among the debris and mud. Officials said that some of the casualties had been buried in some mass graves.

Source: Xinhua


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