Floods, landslides kill at least eight in Indonesia

The water-levels in rivers flooded over the banks in nine southern districts. (AFP)
Updated 23 January 2019
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Floods, landslides kill at least eight in Indonesia

  • Five were found dead in Jepento district, and another three were found in Gowa
  • The extreme rain that started falling on Tuesday in South Sulawesi areas caused the flooding

JAKARTA: At least eight people have been killed and thousands forced to evacuate their homes after heavy rain triggered devastating flash floods and landslides in Indonesia, authorities said Wednesday.
Heavy rain and strong winds buffeted parts of Sulawesi island overnight, swelling rivers that burst their banks and inundated dozens of villages in nine southern districts, as well as parts of the provincial capital Makassar.
Five people were found dead in Jeneponto district, while three people were killed in Gowa, Indonesia’s disaster mitigation agency said.
At least four people are missing but authorities say data is still being collected across hard-hit areas.
“Extreme rain that started to fall on (Tuesday) in several areas of South Sulawesi caused the flooding,” agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said in a statement.
Footage showed rivers overflowing with water spreading across vast swathes of land, flooding rice fields and submerging cars.
The flooding has forced thousands of residents to flee their homes and destroyed two bridges.
“Boats and food assistance for evacuees is still needed,” Nugroho said.
“(Rescuers) are still searching for the missing.”
Heavy rains and the extent of flooding have hampered search efforts, authorities said.
Landslides and flooding are common in Indonesia, especially during the monsoon season between October and April, when rain lashes the vast tropical archipelago.
In October, flash floods and landslides killed at least 22 people in several districts across Sumatra island.


Sweden asks for detention of WikiLeaks’ Assange

Updated 20 May 2019
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Sweden asks for detention of WikiLeaks’ Assange

  • Assange was evicted last month from the Ecuadorian Embassy where he had been holed up since 2012
  • The Australian secret-spiller also faces a US extradition warrant for allegedly conspiring to hack into a Pentagon computer

COPENHAGEN: A Swedish prosecutor says she has requested a detention order against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is jailed in Britain.
Prosecutor Eva-Marie Persson says if the Swedish court decided to detain Assange “on probable cause suspected for rape ... I will issue a European Arrest Warrant.”
Assange, who was evicted last month from the Ecuadorian Embassy where he had been holed up since 2012, was arrested by British police on April 11 and is currently serving a 50-week sentence for jumping bail in 2012.
The Australian secret-spiller also faces a US extradition warrant for allegedly conspiring to hack into a Pentagon computer.
Persson said Monday that British authorities will decide any conflict between a European arrest warrant and US extradition request for Assange.