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At Least 30 People Killed in Flood

December 15, 1987

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) _ Floods caused by heavy rains killed at least 30 people and injured 53 in an area of Sumatra today, an official said.

Karseno, secretary of the West Sumatra provincial administration, said in a telephone interview that rains that began Monday caused the Batang Semani river to overflow its banks. Water from the river inundated the surrounding area, 1,000 miles northwest of Jakarta.

Karseno said the Gunung Talang area was the hardest hit. Most of the bodies were found there, he said, adding that 68 houses were either damaged or destroyed and that two bridges were washed out.

Karseno said he did not know how many people were missing but he said the death toll might increase because the flood water still covered a large section of the district. About 200,000 people live in Gunung Talang.

Last week, four people were killed in the north Sumatra district of Tapanuli after their car was hit by a landslide triggered by heavy rain.

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