Indonesia: Aceh flood death toll rises to 15

The death toll from flash floods in Indonesia's Aceh province has risen to 15.

About 400 homes in five villages have been destroyed in the floodwaters in southeastern Aceh.

Farid Ali, a Red Cross spokesman in the capital Banda Aceh, says another 20 men have been sent to the area to help rescuers search for more survivors trapped under heavy debris and mud.

The Red Cross says most of the 12,000 people who fled to higher ground are now back in their homes, although more than 1,000 remain in temporary shelter at an airfield and a sports stadium.

The flood has also badly damaged a stretch of the main highway which connects the district to neighbouring North Sumatra province.

The same district suffered from flash floods last April, leaving 15 people dead and hundreds of homes destroyed.


Australian Broadcasting Corporation