AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE
Published — Tuesday 19 February 2013
Last update 18 February 2013 10:52 pm
Manado, Indonesia: Four children were among 17 people killed over the weekend in central Indonesia after heavy rains triggered floods and landslides, officials said yesterday.
The children, aged between two and nine, died along with 13 adults when flooding and landslides hit the northern part of Sulawesi island early Sunday, provincial disaster management agency spokesman Howke Makawarung told AFP.
“We recorded 17 people killed. All bodies were found on Sunday,” he said, adding that heavy rains had hit three areas, including the North Sulawesi provincial capital of Manado which saw water levels up to four meters.
Water, which inundated around 5,000 houses in Manado, had receded by yesterday and residents had begun cleaning up their homes.