Two Killed In Landslide In Indonesia’s West Papua

JAKARTA– A 1.5-metre flood and severe landslide, struck Sorong city in Indonesia’s West Papua province yesterday, killing two people, the province’s Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency said, in a statement.

The victims were a 35-year-old mother and her eight-year-old son. Their house was hit by the landslide, when they and the kid’s father were inside. The father was injured and had been rushed to the nearest hospital.

The flood and landslide were caused by heavy rains in the city, since Monday. As of last night, the floods had not yet receeded, inundating thousands of houses and disrupting public activities, according to the agency.

The flood blocked road access and around 9,000 families were forced to leave their houses.