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Indonesian floods and landslides leave 17 dead

Monday February 18, 2013 - 23:21 EDT

Indonesian officials say the death toll from floods and landslides in central Indonesia has risen to 17.

Four children were among those killed when heavy rains triggered floods and landslides in the northern part of Sulawesi island on Sunday.

Provincial disaster management agency spokesman Howke Makawarung told AFP news agency the children were aged between two and nine.

He said heavy rains had hit three areas, including the North Sulawesi provincial capital of Manado which saw water levels up to four metres.

Water, which inundated around 5,000 houses in Manado, had receded by Monday and residents had begun cleaning up their homes.

A landslide which hit the city killed a six-year old boy.

Indonesia is regularly affected by deadly floods and landslides during its wet season, which lasts for around six months.

Environmentalists blame logging and a failure to reforest denuded land for exacerbating flooding.

Heavy rains caused flooding in the capital Jakarta in January that left 32 people dead and at its peak forced nearly 46,000 to flee their homes.

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