Mon, 24 Jan 2000

Five missing as flood hits Semarang

SEMARANG: Heavy downpour since Friday has caused massive flooding in the Central Java provincial capital.

As of Sunday, at least 1,000 houses were still inundated with water, reaching a level of one meter at its highest.

The floods hit eight subdistricts -- Mangkang Wetan, Mangkang Kulon, Mangunhajo, Wonosari, Glagah, Tugurejo, Randugarut and Karanganyar.

Achmad Yani Airport and Tawang railway station were also flooded, causing delays on flights and train schedules.

"We will resume operations once the water subsides as we do not want to take any chances of an accident," Suparto, a local staffer from the state-owned railway company PT Kereta Api Indonesia, said. (har/edt)