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Thousands of homes swept away in Indonesia; Malaysia braces for new storms

Thousands of homes swept away in Indonesia; Malaysia braces for new storms

Flooding in remote northwestern Indonesia has swept away thousands of houses and killed at least 122 people, officials said, as neighboring Malaysia braced for more torrential rain and wind.
Indonesian authorities have deployed boats and helicopters to shift aid to survivors of flash floods and landslides that displaced more than 400,000 days ago.
Local officials on Thursday were still evaluating the extent of damage, because some of the hardest-hit areas are in remote jungle or beyond washed-out roads and bridges.
But the Aceh disaster relief task force said in a statement that more than 13,000 homes across six districts had been severely damaged or washed away entirely, 1,755 of them in the Aceh Tamiang district, where waters were several meters (yards) deep in some areas.
Nearly 200 people were still missing in Aceh province.
In Malaysia, the Meteorological Department warned of a "monsoon surge" that could bring several hours of severe rain and winds of 60 kilometers an hour (37 miles per hour) to its southern states.
The death toll there rose to 10 from flooding in recent days that has caused more than US$20 million (


Updated : 2021-07-28 02:02 GMT+08:00