Eight dead, dozens of homes lost in renewed flooding in Indonesia

July 30, 2013 at 3:52 PM
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JAKARTA, July 30 (UPI) -- At least eight people are dead and dozens of home swept away on Indonesia's Maluku province by heavy rains that have inundated the island, officials said.

Rain-triggered floods and landslides Monday swept away 31 homes and buried others in villages around Ambon, the Jakarta Globe reported Tuesday.

The bodies of eight residents were found.

The torrential rains came less than a week after a downpour caused an earthen dam to collapse, killing one person and forcing thousands to flee their low-lying villages.

Crews were still repairing the dam when the newest round of rain began, said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman for the National Disaster Mitigation Agency.

The latest deluge comes at the peak of the rainy season, which continues until the end of August.

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