8 Oct 2010

Fatal floods in West Papua

8:16 am on 8 October 2010

At least 86 people are now known to have died in flooding in the eastern Indonesian province of West Papua.

Flash floods and landslides in the Teluk Wondama district have left another 80 people injured and sent thousands into evacuation centres.

Many more are missing after a river burst its banks, triggering a landslide and uprooting trees.

A navy warship has arrived near the disaster area, carrying tents, medical supplies and food.

Officials said the sudden flooding caught residents by surprise, contributing to the high death toll.

A Red Cross official told the BBC that the death toll was higher, and that 94 people were known to have been killed.

Roads and bridges have been washed away and hundreds of homes, businesses and schools have been damaged or destroyed.