Landslides strike Indonesia

Flooding triggered landslides in Indonesia Friday that killed at least 11 people.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | December 27, 2002


Flooding triggered landslides in Indonesia Friday that killed at least 11 people.

The village of Laai in South Sumatra was hard hit, according to reports from Indonesian police.

Rescuers were still searching for missing people Friday morning.

The region has experienced torrential rain since Thursday night, and dozens of villages have been faced with flooding. The worst hit area is in communities some 250 miles northwest of Indonesia's capital Jakarta.

Indonesia is especially vulnerable to flooding and landslides because intensive logging operations there have increased erosion.

In other international news, northern Portugal also saw flooding. Near Porto, Portugal's second biggest city, the community of Miragaia saw rising floodwaters but people were able to safely evacuate.

The Douro, Tamega and Leca rivers were all over their banks Friday.


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