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Indonesian Flood Survivors Receive Aid

December 28, 2006

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) _ Authorities deployed boats and helicopters on Thursday to shift aid to survivors of floods and landslides in northwestern Indonesia that have killed at least 109 and displaced more than 400,000.

Heavy rain continued to fall over the hardest-hit districts in Aceh province on Sumatra, complicating relief efforts and adding to the misery of survivors, said local government spokesman Nadir Musa.

The relief efforts followed days of torrential seasonal rain, the cause of dozens of landslides and flash floods each year in the sprawling archipelagic nation where millions of people live in mountainous areas or in fertile flood plains.

Helicopters dropped food, tents and medicines while volunteers in dinghies also distributed aid, said Musa.

Aceh was the hardest hit province in the 2004 tsunami, losing an estimated 167,000 people, but the floods and landslides have affected inland regions that were untouched by that disaster.

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