Five killed in Kotabaru flood

March 5, 2012 11:30 am 

KOTABARU, S Kalimantan, March 5 — A flood swept through Kotabaru in South Kalimantan province on Sunday, leaving five people dead.

The overflowing of Baharu river following more than three hours of heavy rains resulted to flooding.

Three of the victims, identified as Irham (13), Iqbal (13), and Husein (13), were found stuck on a bridge near the Kotabaru police resort, Sugeng, a member of the task force of the Kotabaru regional disaster mitigation body, said.

The other victim was identified as Wawan (27). He was found dead beneath a bridge after being carried away by floodwaters as far as three kilometers, he said.

Wawan, a member of the task force, fell and was carried away by floodwaters while trying to rescue other victim, he said.

Wawan was believed to have worn no life vest so he was easily carried away by floodwaters.

"The last fatality, identified as Dedi (13), was found at the Kemakmuran fish market in Kotabaru at noon," he said.

Earlier, Head of the Kotabaru Regional Disaster Mitigation Body Tri Basuki Rahmat said about 50 rescue workers with the help of several divers were fielded to search for two flood victims identified as Wawan and Dedi. (PNA/Antara)



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