'Floods kill at least 14 in Indonesia, three missing'
At least 14 people died and three others were missing after floods hit 13 Indonesian provinces in the past week, an official said on Friday.world Updated: Jan 17, 2009 09:27 IST
At least 14 people died and three others were missing after floods hit 13 Indonesian provinces in the past week, an official said on Friday.
The floods, which struck several cities and districts in West Nusa Tenggara, Sumatra, Java, Bali, Borneo and Sulawesi provinces, also forced the evacuation of some 50,000 people, the head of the Health Ministry's crisis centre, Rustam Pakaya told AFP.
"The worst hit areas are in West Sulawesi, West Nusa Tenggara and West Kalimantan," he said.
"The height of flood waters in West Kalimantan reached 2.5 metres (eight feet) while in West Sulawesi they reached 1.5 metres," he said.
Tens of thousands of houses had been inundated, he said, and aid including food was on the way.
The weather bureau has predicted further heavy rain this month.