7 Apr 2011

Flash flooding kills at least 18 in Papua

4:26 pm on 7 April 2011

At least 18 people have died in flooding in the Indonesian province of Papua.

The flash flooding in the Paniai regency is reported to have destroyed many homes, and tens of thousands of residents have been forced to evacuate to higher ground, Radio New Zealand International reports.

Philip Charlesworth, from the International Federation of the Red Cross in Jakarta, says information about the situation is difficult to get and they are yet to receive a request for assistance.

The flooding is east of the already low-lying land east of the Paniai lake, he says.