Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

18 dead and missing after flash flood in Indonesia

Friday November 9, 2012 - 18:33 EDT

Four children and a baby are among those missing after flash floods and landslides struck a village on Indonesia's Sulawesi island.

Officials told the AFP news agency that at least 11 people had been killed in a landslide triggered by two days of torrential downpours in Mamasa district.

Seven others were still missing on Friday afternoon.

The debris from the landslide blocked a river, causing it to burst its banks.

Roki Asikin, head of the rescue agency coordinating the search, told the news agency that the 11 dead were adults.

Indonesia frequently experiences deadly floods during its six-month-long wet season.

Environmentalists claim logging and deforestation has exacerbated the problem in recent years.


- ABC

© ABC 2012

More breaking news

ABC News
Sydney Morning Herald
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

More than 90% of Australia to get rain

14:32 EST

This Mother's Day weekend will see Mother Nature spread totals of at least 20mm to half of Australia, along with some damaging winds.

El Nino ushers in Queensland's quietest cyclone season for 45 years

12:21 EST

Three named cyclones, none of which came within cooee of the coast ?? that's how will be remembered.