Los Angeles 10/6/2010 4:36:33 PM
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Flood Death Toll Climbs In Indonesia

Wasior, a remote town in Indonesia, was a scene of destruction on Wednesday with unclaimed corpses scattered all over the place, as flash floods left at least 86 people dead and dozens missing.

A reporter, who managed to reach the town, located 240 km southeast of Monokwari in West Papua, told that floods have destroyed hundreds of houses. Residents are assisting the rescue teams to search though the debris and mud for survivors, while officials say that the toll is likely to rise. Several corpses were visible beneath logs and rocks that had been washed into the area from nearby hillsides.

Wilem Imburi, a 50-year old resident, told reporters, "Earlier Monday morning there were sudden floods but on a small scale. But 30 minutes later I heard a kind of big thunder and I saw powerful waters coming from the mountain. There was chaos and people panicked and tried to run to safety".

Mahmud, father of two, told that while he managed to keep hold of his son, his two-year daughter was swept away by the flood. "I was holding my two kids when the waters came, but I didn't have enough strength and lost grip of my daughter".

According to search and rescue official Mochamad Arifin, the disaster left at least 86 people dead and 81 injured, while adding, "We are still searching for dozens of missing people. The chance of survival for the missing people is slim".

According to Indonesian climatology agency, many parts of Southeast Asia have experienced strong winds, torrential rains and floods this year because of extreme climate.