Over 1,000 flee flash floods in Papua, Indonesia
Updated: 2012-10-22 10:31
JAKARTA - Flash floods in Papua in eastern Indonesia on Sunday night has displaced over 1,000 people and damaged over 200 houses and other public facilities, an official of disaster relief agency said here on Monday.
Spokesman of the National Disaster Management and Mitigation Agency Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said that heavy rains at mountainous area led to overflow of Eranouli river and caused flash floods in Eranouli village in Panja district at about 21:00 pm Jakarta time (1400 GMT).
"Over 200 houses and scores of office building have been damaged and about 1,000 people have escaped to higher grounds," he told Xinhua by phone.
The waters inundated the village by up to 2 meters high, said Sutopo.
The waters also damaged a health clinic and a clean water facility, he said.