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Indonesia, Malaysia brace for more rain and floods

Breaking Earth News: Malaysia
Dec 31, 2006

More downpours were forecast Saturday for Malaysia and the Indonesian island of Sumatra, where rain-triggered floods and landslides have killed at least 158 people and displaced at least half a million in the past week.
Another 163 people remain missing and are feared dead after torrential waters swept away thousands of homes in the Southeast Asian nations, mostly in Indonesia, officials said. Hardest hit is northern Sumatra, where roads and bridges were washed away, complicating relief efforts.
Urgently needed food and medical supplies had not yet reached about 7,000 people by Saturday, a week after the heaviest storms hit, said Aspindo Abusamah, acting mayor of Gayo Lues district. Rations were being carried more than 30 kilometers (nearly 20 miles) on foot after airlifts were canceled due to the poor weather.
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