8 Dead in Eastern Indonesia Floods

8 people have been killed and 10 injured in a landslide after flooding and heavy rain in eastern Indonesia. The tragedy was in city of Ambon on the Maluku chain of islands. Heavy rain on Monday 29th July had resulted in the Moa-Moa river to overflow. The river runs through the city and the resulting flooding submerged hosues and eventually led to dangerous landslides in the hilly area of the city. Reports claim as many as 30 houses were swept away with many more suffering damage.

Five people are believed to be still missing. A search and rescue operation is under way, with police and military personnel scouring rubble for the missing, National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.

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The floods and landslides in Ambon follow the tragedy in Central Maluku when heavy rain caused a dam to collapse, leaving many local villages flooded. 1 person died and thousands have been displaced.

Indonesia has also seen flooding in other regions over the last few days. 11 people died in severe floods in Sulawesi, Indonesia, since 24th July.

Sources: Jakarta Post