INDONESIA — At least 22 people have died and many remain missing after heavy rain unleashed flash floods and landslides in western Indonesia, an official said Saturday.
Heavy downpours since Wednesday triggered flooding and landslides that hit several districts on Sumatra island.
At least 17 people were confirmed killed in the last three days in North Sumatra province, while five others were killed in West Sumatra, authorities said.
“Eleven students of an Islamic boarding school in Muara Saladi village, Mandailing Natal district, North Sumatra died Friday afternoon during class as they were struck by a building which was destroyed by the flash floods,” spokesman for the national disaster agency Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.
“The disaster and search and rescue agency have gone to the districts but have been hampered by the landslides in several areas,” the head of North Sumatra disaster agency Riadil Lubis told AFP.