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Floods and landslides kill at least 86 in Indonesia


Aftermath of flooding in Teluk Wondama, West Papua province - 5 Oct 2010

Homes, businesses and schools were badly damaged in the flash floods

At least 86 people are now known to have died in flooding in the eastern Indonesian province of West Papua.

Flash floods and landslides in the Teluk Wondama district have left another 80 people injured and sent thousands into evacuation centres.

Many more are missing after a river burst its banks, triggering a landslide and uprooting trees.

A navy warship has arrived near the disaster area, carrying tents, medical supplies and food.

The sudden flooding caught residents by surprise, officials said, contributing to the high death toll.

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