1 dead as floods destroy 4 bridges in Jayapura

A woman was killed on Saturday after heavy rains caused a landslide that buried her house in Sentani, Jayapura regency in Papua.

The woman was identified as Olga Sual, 51.

‘’Olga’s husband, Peiki Piri, was outside assisting their neighbors whose houses were flooded when suddenly her wooden house was buried by the landslide,” said Aman, a neighbor.

The flood also destroyed four bridges and pushed four trucks into a river due strong flood current.

“We are cooperating with the Army’s Waena Combat Engineering Battalion to make temporary bridges from wooden planks so that the people are not isolated,” Jayapura Disaster Mitigation Agency head Sumartono said.

Jayapura Public Works Agency head Yusuf Yambeyabdi said that permanent bridges would be built after flood waters have receded.