Indonesia: Floods and landslide kill 21

JAKARTA (AFP) – At least 21 people have been killed in floods and a landslide triggered by heavy rains in Indonesia, an official said Sunday.

The landslide on Buru island in eastern Maluku province took place on Friday after heavy rains in a hilly area, Disaster Management Agency spokesman Priyadi Kardono told AFP.

“We’ve pulled out 18 bodies from the landslide and rescued seven others who were injured,” he said.

Elsewhere, three people drowned and three went missing after days of continuous rain in South Kalimantan province caused a river there to overflow, he added.

More than 3,000 families were affected by the floods, local media reported.

Floods and landslides are common in Indonesia, which is densely populated and prone to frequent heavy rains.