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Flooding kills at least 58 in Indonesia's Papua province

Residents ride through flood water in Sentani, near Jayapura, Papua province, Indonesia. Source: AAP

Flash flooding has killed at least 58 people in Indonesia's Papua province after torrential rains inundated villages.

Flash floods and landslides triggered by torrential rain in Indonesia's easternmost province of Papua have killed at least 58 people, injured dozens and displaced more than 4000, authorities say.

A search for more possible victims was under way in the town of Sentani, which was hit by flash floods late on Saturday.

Fifty-one people were killed and 74 injured there, national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho told a news briefing.

Heavy rain caused landslides in the nearby provincial capital of Jayapura, killing seven there, Nugroho said.

Soldiers pulled alive a five-month old baby from under the rubble of his house and took him to hospital, Papua military spokesman Muhammad Aidi said.

The number of victims "will probably increase because the evacuation process is still taking place and not all affected areas have been reached," Nugroho said.

Residents carry their belongings after the flash flood hit the area in Sentani, near Jayapura, Papua province, Indonesia.
Residents carry their belongings after the flash flood hit the area in Sentani, near Jayapura, Papua province, Indonesia.
EPA

About 4150 people are sheltering in six evacuation centres, he said.

Hundreds of houses, three bridges and a Twin Otter airplane parked at the airport were damaged by the floods. The Sentani airport, the province's main transport hub, remained open.

TV footage showed mud and large logs on Sentani's main roads after floodwaters receded.

Disaster authorities have warned local governments of flash flood risks due to deforestation in the mountains surrounding the town, Nugroho said.

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