Landslides, flooding kill 10 in eastern Indonesia
AMBON, Indonesia (AP) - A disaster official says floods and landslides triggered by torrential rains in eastern Indonesia have killed at least 10 people and left four others missing.
Harmensyah, who uses one name, said on Tuesday that rescuers had recovered the bodies, including two toddlers, who had been buried by mud in five villages in Ambon, the capital of Maluku province. Rescuers are still searching for four others believed to be buried by the landslide and feared dead.
He says another 28 people were hurt and more than 4,300 forced to flee after their homes were flooded.
Seasonal downpours cause frequent landslides and flash floods in Indonesia, a chain of 17,000 islands where millions live in mountainous areas or near fertile flood plains.