Death toll from West Papua flash flood hits 87

Posted: October 9, 2010 in Uncategorized


The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Thu, 10/07/2010 12:57 PM | Headlines
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The death toll from West Papua flash floods has reached 87 people as evacuation of victims buried under the mud continued on Thursday.

Data from the provincial chapter of Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) revealed that 837 people were injured in the disaster.

Secretary of the PMI chapter La Abidin said humanitarian workers were focusing on evacuation of the dead and medical care for survivors who had been sheltered at public facilities. Many other survivors left Wondama Bay regency for the provincial capital of Manokwari and Nabire in neighboring Papua to heal their trauma, Abidin added.

“The volunteers urgently need gloves, body bags and masks as many victims are still buried in the mud. The bodies have started to decompose,” Abidin told kompas.com.

The disaster struck on Tuesday following heavy rains.

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