Flash flooding and landslides in the easternmost province of Papua in Indonesia have displaced more than 10,000 people and killed approximately 105. Hundreds of homes, bridges, schools and other public buildings have been destroyed. Authorities have warned provincial officials of the dangers of flash floods due to deforestation. While flooding is common in Indonesia during the rainy season, which runs from October to April, the amount of flooding in recent days is unusual. Some areas have received more than 18 inches of rain in the past 3 days. Search and rescue operations are underway in areas that are more easily accessible; in harder hit areas, downed trees and damaged roads are making recovery efforts more difficult.
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