Deadly floods occurred on the island of Sumatra (Indonesia) at the end of January 2020. - Damai Mendrofa / AP / SIPA

Flash floods and landslides have killed at least nine people on the island of Sumatra (Indonesia), the local disaster management agency announced on Thursday. Several thousand people have been forced to take shelter in shelters.

Most of the victims drowned. "We suspect that two of them were killed by tree trunks" carried away by the currents, said the head of the agency.

# Indonesia 🇮🇩 Flash floods and landslides have killed at least nine people and forced thousands to take refuge in Tapanuli island Sumatra via @AFP

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The illegal logging, numerous in this region, could have contributed to triggering landslides, he said. Natural disasters have forced several thousand residents to leave their homes to seek shelter in shelters.

Record rainfall in early January had already triggered floods and landslides in the Jakarta region of Java Island, claiming nearly 70 lives. Entire districts of the capital of some 30 million people have been flooded, forcing tens of thousands of people to leave their homes.


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