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Jakarta Post

Govt blames rain, not deforestation

  • Erwida Maulia and Adianto P. Simamora

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, October 12 2010   /  09:17 am

Swept away: A rescuer inspects damage from a flash flood in Teluk Wondama, Papua, on Sunday. Floods caused by days of torrential downpours severely damaged thousands of buildings, roads and bridges in the remote province, leaving more than a hundred dead and dozens more missing. APThe government denied on Monday that the fatal flood in Wasior, West Papua, was caused by illegal logging, saying there was no evidence of such activity nearby.“Some locals had cut down trees, but it was on a very small scale,” Coordinating Public Welfare Minister Agung Laksono said after a Cabinet meeting chaired by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. “The [Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency] had earlier predicted heavy rains, and that’s what happened and caused the flood,” Agung said.Loose soil and heavy rains had combined to displace entire trees along with their roots during the flood,...