The Straits Times
Published on Feb 17, 2013

Floods, landslides kill 13 following heavy rains in Indonesia


JAKARTA (AFP) - At least 13 people were killed over the weekend in Indonesia after heavy rains triggered floods and landslides, officials said on Sunday.

Flooding and landslides hit North Sulawesi province's capital city Manado early on Sunday, killing 10 people and prompting another 1,200 to be evacuated, national disaster management agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.

On Saturday, three people, including two 14-year-old boys, were killed after they were swept away by floodwaters in Jambi province on Sumatra island, local disaster official Dalmanto told AFP.

"Several days of heavy rains caused a river to break its banks and flood smaller waterways. The boys were taken away by strong currents as they were bathing in a waterway," he said. "And today, we found the body of a man who went fishing in a canal."