At Least 11 Killed In Papua Landslides

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Heavy rains damage houses around Jayapura

MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, Feb. 24, 2014) – At least 11 people have been killed and two others are missing after torrential rain triggered landslides in Indonesia's remote eastern Papua province.

The national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho says the landslides hit parts of Jayapura, the capital of the province, after heavy rains on Saturday night.

They engulfed buildings in the city, leaving 15 houses badly damaged and 40 houses lightly damaged.

Deadly landslides and flooding are common during the vast archipelago's six-month rainy season.

Widespread flooding in the capital Jakarta in January left five people dead and more than 60,000 displaced.

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