6 students killed, 15 missing in western Indonesia floods

2016-05-16 13:27
Rescuers recover the body of a victim after a flood hit Dua Warna waterfall in Sibolangit, North Sumatra, Indonesia. (AP)

Rescuers recover the body of a victim after a flood hit Dua Warna waterfall in Sibolangit, North Sumatra, Indonesia. (AP)

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Jakarta - Rescuers have found the bodies of six university students who were among nearly two dozen who went missing in rain-triggered floods and landslides at a waterfall in western Indonesia.

The disaster occurred on Sunday as more than 70 students were visiting the Air Terjun Dua Warna waterfall in North Sumatra province.

Darwin Surbakti, an official from the local Disaster Management Agency, said on Monday that 21 students were reported missing after the disaster.

He said the bodies of five men and a woman were found on Monday around 3 km downstream from the waterfall.

About 150 rescuers, including soldiers, policemen and volunteers, are searching for the 15 still missing.

Seasonal rains often cause flooding and landslides in Indonesia, a chain of 17 000 islands where millions of people live in mountainous areas.

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