10 killed, over 2,000 flee homes as floods hit Papua, Indonesia

17:09, April 01, 2011      

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Floods in Papua of Indonesia have killed ten people and forced at least 2,000 others fleeing homes, local official of Disaster Management and Mitigation Agency said on Friday.

Heavy rains for nearly one month have raised water surface in several rivers, ending to a lake in Paniai district of Papua, and led the waters at the lake overflowed and submerged hundreds hectares of sweet potato plantation, threatening the supply of main foods for thousands of residence, said Julianus Layuk, official of the agency.

The waters overflows has started since two weeks ago and the floods still hits the district by up to 8 meters highs in some spots by the present, said Julianus. "The bodies of the ten people were found last week. They were killed after their canoe sank during when they were escaping from the floods,"he said.

"In some areas, waters submerge the area by up to 8 meters. A new problem threatening now is about the possibility of lacking of food supply after the floods, as the waters have submerged the sweet potato plantation for about two weeks. That is the only source of main food for the residence,"he said.

More than two thousands people have left their homes and take shelters to their relatives' houses at higher ground, the official said.

The relief aids for the evacuees are still short so far, he said.

"There are only four tons of rice have been sent to the victims. They need more than that,"said Julianus.

Indonesia has been frequently hit by floods when heavy rains come down as lacking of forest-covered areas could not hold the excessive waters.

Source: Xinhua
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
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