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Indonesian floods and landslides kill dozens

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Indonesian floods and landslides kill dozens


Almost two years after a tsunami devastated Aceh, flooding and landslides have wreaked havoc in the region. Officials say floods have killed more than 40 people and forced more than 40,000 to flee their homes in the Indonesian province alone.

And they say the death toll could rise as emergency workers reach remote villages. The Tamiang district of north Aceh has so far been the worst hit, but the whole region has been affected.

In neighbouring North Sumatra, too, floods killed at least 17 people and robbed tens of thousands of their homes. Landslides triggered by the rains have claimed still more victims.

And the disaster comes only a week after an earthquake hit the zone. Aceh´s Head of Social Affairs says officials have enough food, tents and medicine, which when distributed, will help people cope.

But Ridwan Sulaiman says, those in remote areas may remain in desperate conditions for some time yet. Officials do not have enough transport to reach far-flung areas.

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