Indonesia flood death toll hits 100
The airport in a flooded Indonesian region reopened and roads were largely cleared of debris Friday, speeding aid deliveries to the stricken area where more than 100 villagers died and dozens more are missing.
Days of torrential downpours caused a flood disaster that severely damaged thousands of buildings, roads and bridges in five mountainside villages in West Papua province, on an eastern island in the vast tropical archipelago.
In the worst-hit town of Wasior, a river burst its banks Monday and swept away people in a fast-moving wall of water, logs and mud.
By Friday, the local airport had reopened, easing the delivery of tents, food, clean water and medical supplies for more than 5,000 people displaced, said Dortheis Sawaki, who heads the provincial relief agency.
She said 104 bodies had been recovered by Friday afternoon, but with an equal number still missing, the toll was expected to rise.
"It's a tragedy," Sawaki, added. "The smell of rotting corpses is everywhere. Power is down. There's no clean water."