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    Torrential Rain and Flooding Kills 124 in Indonesia


    by NTDTelevision

    Indonesia tries to recover from severe flooding from the rainy season. Forestry officials say deforestation has made things worse.

    Many are displaced as people here in Papua, Indonesia recover from torrential rains that left at least 124 dead.

    The National Disaster and Mitigation Agency said flash floods injured 600 people and left more than 100 missing in the Wondama Bay District of West Papua Province.

    Rains washed away homes and bridges and caused blackouts as thousands evacuated.

    Landslides and flooding are common during Indonesia's rainy season but are intensified by deforestation and soil erosion.

    According to the Forestry Ministry, the expansion of residential and commercial buildings into a local forest contributed to the floods.