Floods in eastern Indonesia

At least 13 people in Indonesia were killed last night in the floods in the far east of the country — in the Indonesian part of the island of New Guinea, said in a Friday newspaper Jakarta Globe.

Over the banks as a result of heavy rains flooded the river a number of villages in the districts and Ekadide Agadide, forcing their inhabitants to seek refuge in the upstream areas, the official representative of the Office of Disaster Management Indonesia Purva Sutopo Nugroho (Sutopo Purwo Nugroho).

"The data on the number of victims could increase because the evacuation and rescue operations are still ongoing," — he added.

"We expect the new information from the Papua and very concerned about what has happened," — he said.

Active deforestation in the world's largest archipelago, leads to the fact that usual rainy season floods are becoming more dangerous to the local population. Two weeks ago, at least 24 Indonesians were killed and hundreds lost their shelter in the floods in the country's westernmost province of Aceh.

Over the banks as a result of going on for two days of heavy rains the river three days ago, completely destroyed 85 houses in the sub Tangse Pidie district and injured another 15.

"We believe that these floods are caused by illegal felling over the past few years. The evidence? A look at the huge number of logs scattered (with water) on roads and streets, "- said the head of the Jakarta Globe subdistrict administration Nazir Adam (Nazir Adam).

According to Indonesian media, that deforestation was the main cause of the disaster in October 2010, in the district center Vasior West Papua province. Prolonged heavy rains overflowed the lake above the city and the river, which originates from the lake. They came out of the banks, and the flow of water up to three meters hit the city and its surroundings, uprooting old trees and demolishing houses and bridges. The flood killed nearly 300 people and several surrounding villages literally wiped off the face of the earth. Evacuated from the disaster area then had more than 9000 people.

Source: RIA Novosti

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