Thousands displaced after severe Indonesia floods kills dozens

Dozens are dead after days of heavy rain-triggered floods and landslides on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, authorities said Sunday. Some 12,000 people have been evacuated while hundreds of buildings, bridges and roads have been damaged by the severe weather which affected nine districts or towns across Bengkulu province, officials said.

Thousands displaced after severe Indonesia floods killed 17

More than a dozen people are dead after days of heavy rain-triggered floods and landslides on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, authorities said Sunday. Some 12,000 people have been evacuated while hundreds of buildings, bridges and roads have been damaged by the severe weather which affected nine districts or towns across Bengkulu province, officials said.

Hundreds sift through rubbish wasteland on Indonesia beach

Hundreds of people sift through a vast wasteland of rubbish strewn across a beach on the southern tip of Indonesia’s Sumatra island, underscoring the Southeast Asian archipelago’s mammoth marine waste problem. In just over three hours, the group manage to collect an eye-watering 30 tonnes of rubbish from the coast in Lampung province.

222 dead as volcano-triggered tsunami hits Indonesia

A volcano-triggered tsunami has left at least 222 people dead and hundreds more injured after slamming without warning into beaches around Indonesia’s Sunda Strait. Hundreds of buildings were destroyed by the wave, which hit the coast of southern Sumatra and the western tip of Java about 9:30 pm (1430 GMT) on Saturday after a volcano known as the “child” of Krakatoa erupted.

Wild elephant expelled from Indonesian village

With the help of tame elephants, Indonesia conservation officers expel a wild elephant from a village in Aceh in the island of Sumatra in a six-day operation. The wild animal, which had kept marauding the village for four years, damaging crops and houses, is released in a natural forest where it is hoped to rejoin other wild elephants.

China-backed hydro dam threatens world’s rarest orangutan

A billion-dollar hydroelectric dam development in the Batang Toru rainforest on Indonesia’s Sumatra island is criticized for threatening the habitat of the world’s rarest great ape, the Tapanuli orangutan, a newly discovered species that numbers about 800 individuals in total.