Manado: Four children were among 17 people killed over the weekend in central Indonesia after heavy rains triggered floods and landslides, officials said yesterday.
The children, aged between two and nine, died along with 13 adults when flooding and landslides hit the northern part of Sulawesi island early on Sunday, provincial disaster management agency spokesman Howke Makawarung.
“We recorded 17 people killed. All bodies were found on Sunday,” he said.
Makawarung said that heavy rains had hit three areas, including the North Sulawesi provincial capital of Manado which saw water levels up to four metres (13 feet).
Water, which inundated around 5,000 houses in Manado, had receded by yesterday and residents had begun cleaning up their homes. A landslide which hit the city killed a six-year old boy.
“Indonesia is regularly affected by deadly floods and landslides during its wet season, which lasts for around six months,” an environmentalist said.
Environmentalists blame logging and a failure to reforest denuded land for exacerbating flooding.
Heavy rains caused flooding in the capital Jakarta in January that left 32 people dead and at its peak forced nearly 46,000 to flee their homes. Agencies