Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Indonesia floods kill 58 as rescuers battle to find missing

Indonesian rescuers raced Wednesday to find dozens of people still unaccounted for after flash floods and cold lava flow that inundated neighborhoods and swept away houses over the weekend left 58 people dead.

Hours of torrential rain on Saturday caused mud and rocks to flow into districts near one of Indonesia’s most active volcanos, sweeping away dozens of houses and damaging roads and mosques.

 “Based on the latest data... the number of people who died is 58,” national disaster agency chief Suharyanto said in a statement Wednesday.

He added that 35 people remained missing -- up from local rescuers’ figure of 22 on Tuesday -- and 33 people were injured.

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