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Riau floods kill 5 as falling tree kills two in C. Sulawesi

  • Rizal Harahap and Ruslan Sangadji

    The Jakarta Post

Pekanbaru/ Palu   /   Sat, February 23 2013   /  10:15 am

Flooding in various parts of Riau killed five while unusual weather in Central Sulawesi felled a tree that killed two.

Three people were killed in Rokan Hulu regency and two more in Kampar regency.

Two of the three deaths in Rokan Hulu regency took place in Kepenuhan district.

Rinu Lia Buulele, 17, drowned after she slipped as she crossed an elephant trench at a palm oil concession area in Kepenuhan Koto Tengah subdistrict.

“Rinu was crossing the trench. As the board was wet and slippery, she fell into the swift flowing water,” said Rokan Hulu Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) head Aceng Herdiana on Friday.

Eight-month-old Selvi drowned when she fell from a swing into knee-high flood water at her home on a palm oil plantation in Kepenuhan Tengah district.

The third death took place in Bonia Darussalam district when Muhammad Yusuf, 24, was ...