Flash floods kill 2, damage over 360 houses in C. Indonesia



Two people were killed and 367 houses damaged as flash floods struck West Nusa Tenggara province of central Indonesia, a government official said here Sunday.

Heavy downpours were blamed for the natural disaster in four sub-districts of Lombok Timur district, spokesman of national disaster management agency Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.

"The flash floods hit residential areas and agricultural lands," the spokesman told Xinhua in a text message.

One of the casualties was hit by a damaged building and another was swept away by currents, said Sutopo.

The floods also destroyed 14 bridges and one mosque, he added.

The rising water level affects 2,280 people but does not trigger any evacuation, he said.

Indonesia is frequently hit by floods and landslides during heavy rains.