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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

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