The Straits Times
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Published on Nov 09, 2012
 

11 dead, seven missing in Indonesia flash flood

 
 

JAKARTA (AFP) - At least 11 people were killed and seven missing after a flash flood triggered by heavy rains hit a village on Indonesia's Sulawesi island, an official said on Friday.

Two days of torrential downpours in Mamasa district triggered a landslide that went into a river, causing the waterway to burst its banks, said Roki Asikin, head of the rescue agency coordinating the search.

Eleven adults in the village were killed in Thursday's flood and seven people were missing - including four children and a six-month-old baby, he said.

Indonesia has been repeatedly afflicted by deadly floods and landslides in recent years during its wet season which lasts around half the year.